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How Home Care Services Can Promote Better Heart Health

Feb 13, 2018 by Corinne Fello

February is American Heart Health Month and the perfect time to raise awareness about heart disease, and how seniors throughout NE Pittsburgh can prevent it. By learning more about heart disease prevention and committing to simple lifestyle changes seniors can dramatically lower their risk of developing heart disease. Read on to learn more about heart disease symptoms and causes, and how home care services can help your senior loved one enhance their comfort, safety and quality of life at home.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Although each type of heart condition requires a different treatment, all heart conditions share similar a symptom: chest pain. Seniors with chest pain often experience pressure, heaviness, discomfort, or fullness in their chest. Other symptoms of heart disease include a faster heartbeat, shortness of breath, palpitations or irregular heartbeats, weakness or dizziness, nausea, and sweating.

Seniors who experience these symptoms can often misinterpret a heart problem as a side effect to a medication or another health condition. Seniors should always seek medical attention if they suspect they are having a heart problem or have heart disease. Professional home care services can help seniors who have limited mobility, or who can no longer drive, get the medical care they need quickly.

Types of Heart Disease

Heart disease is considered the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is a term used to describe several types of heart conditions including coronary artery disease, silent ischemia, angina, heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, heart defects, and peripheral arterial disease.

Cause of Heart Disease

Atherosclerosis or the narrowing and blockage of arteries by fatty plaques on the walls of the artery is the main cause of heart disease. An unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, and other correctable issues typically cause this.

Preventing Heart Disease

The good news is that seniors can prevent heart disease by living a healthy lifestyle and properly managing their health conditions. These simple strategies can help older adults prevent heart disease:

  • Visiting the doctor regularly.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Exercising on a regular basis.
  • Adhering to a well-balanced diet with limited amount of sodium.
  • Managing stress levels.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Limiting alcohol intake.

Lifestyle decisions play a major role in heart health. But for many seniors a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. Getting enough exercise, cooking, or even getting to the store to shop for healthy food can all deter them from upholding their goals. Home care services can assist seniors with personal care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication management and so much more. We want to help your loved one enhance their quality of life at so that they can lower their risk of heart disease.

If your senior loved one in NE Pittsburgh, PA lives alone and could benefit from personalized home care services, contact us today for more information. Ask about scheduling your free in home consultation.

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