Get ‘On The Beat’ to Learn about Heart Risks and Foot Health

In the recent edition of On the Beat, our Heart and Vascular Center shares a delicious recipe for crab cakes, urges you to take a free heart-healthy risk assessment, explains the correlation between diabetes and heart health, and highlights the importance our limb preservation team plays in foot health. The e-newsletter is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. On the Beat is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.

Our Limb Preservation Team: Saving Limbs, Saving Lives

Diabetes affects 30 million Americans. This disease can cause changes in circulation, decreased sensation and changes in structure of the foot causing a foot ulcer. If not treated promptly, ulcers can easily become infected and may lead to amputation. Seventy-five percent of amputations are due to diabetes. Early detection and treatment is critical to limb preservation. Our Limb Preservation Center uses an evidence-based approach to wound evaluation and care. Make an Appointment: 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

Our Limb Preservation Team: Saves Limbs, Saves Lives

Did you know that peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects more than 8.5 million American adults, and many are unaware they even have it? Are you one of them? PAD causes blockage in the arteries. The result is a decrease in blood flow and damage to the tissue in areas such as legs and feet. If left untreated, the tissue can become infected or die. Our Limb Preservation Center uses an evidence-based approach for wound evaluation and care. Make an Appointment: 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

Healing Powers of Placenta Help Prevent Limb Loss 

Lorraine Loretz, nurse practitioner and podiatrist, and Louis Messina, MD, chief of vascular surgery (Telegram & Gazette photo).

Lorraine Loretz, nurse practitioner and podiatrist, and Louis Messina, MD, chief of vascular surgery (Telegram & Gazette photo).

A healthy baby is born in Memphis, Tenn., and the placenta that allowed it to prosper in its mother’s womb is recovered in the delivery room and later used to prevent a 54-year-old Ashburnham man from losing his left foot or worse yet, his whole left leg. Our diabetes and vascular teams were featured in a recent Telegram & Gazette story about this procedure and our limb preservation clinic. Read more. Louis Messina, MD, chief of vascular sugery, said, “There are very, very powerful factors in-utero (in the womb) that promote healing.”