Feb 9, 2018 by Anne Fannan
When it comes to heart disease, understanding the risk, signs, and symptoms can make the difference between life and death.
Heart disease, a term used to describe many serious heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, and peripheral arterial disease, is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States and worldwide. In the United States, alone, heart disease is attributed to one in four deaths or more than 600,000 fatalities annually. The good news is that for all its severity, heart disease is highly preventable.
February is American Heart Month. American Heart Month is a time for seniors and their families to learn and spread the word about heart disease.
Heart disease risk factors include a family history of heart disease, smoking, regular alcohol consumption, a poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and excessive stress. With a few changes in lifestyle, most of these risks can be reduced or eliminated.
Seniors may require help modifying their lifestyle, especially if they suffer from chronic pain or limited mobility. With the help of Comfort Keepers homecare assistance, however, seniors can receive the physical and emotional support they need. From meal planning and preparation to help with a physical fitness routine, homecare assistance often makes the difference between a senior making positive changes and giving up. A few of the most effective lifestyle changes include:
Granted, if a senior experiences the signs of a heart attack, they should call 911 and seek medical help regardless of their risk. The most common symptoms are:
When it comes to a heart attack, every second counts, so knowing what to look for can save your loved one's life.
Help spread the word about heart disease and American Heart Month. For more information, or to learn about the many ways Comfort Keepers homecare assistance providers can help your senior loved one create a safe and independent lifestyle, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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