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At Home Care Services Support Heart Health for Seniors in Greenville, SC

Feb 1, 2018 by Chris Couchell

February is American Heart Health Month – here’s what seniors should know about heart disease

Helping your loved one do all they can to stay healthy and maintain their independence is at the core of quality at home care services. As so many seniors suffer from heart disease and February is American Heart Health Month, we are going to take this opportunity to talk about the condition. Let's take a close look at what heart disease is and how at home care services can help your loved one manage and prevent it.

Heart Disease

When we talk about heart disease, what we are really talking about is a very wide range of conditions affecting older men and women across the country right now. Heart disease includes deadly conditions such as coronary silent ischemia, artery disease, congestive heart failure, angina, heart attack, arrhythmia, peripheral arterial disease and heart defects.

Causes

Generally speaking, heart disease is caused by plaque building up on the artery walls. What contributes to this buildup is a range of unhealthy behaviors like poor diet or lack of exercise. Obesity and smoking are also major culprits. Your loved one's at home care services professional can help them curb these behaviors to the best of their abilities.

Heart Disease Symptoms

Many diseases fall under the heart disease umbrella. They all need different treatments, but individuals with heart disease all experience the same symptoms. The symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, arrhythmia, nausea, and sweating. 

Heart Disease Prevention

There is a lot your loved one can do to prevent heart disease and manage it if they already have it and at home care services can help them do it. Like we already said, heart disease is caused by unhealthy behavior for the most part, so treatment involves living a healthier lifestyle.

Here are a few things your loved one can do for their heart health:

  • Make all doctor's appointments on a regular basis.
  • Find out what their healthy weight is and work towards it.
  • Work out as much as possible.
  • Eat a healthy, doctor approved diet.
  • Reduce stress levels as much as possible.
  • Quit smoking at once if they are a smoker.
  • Stop drinking alcohol excessively. A glass a day is the maximum intake for a senior.

Going forward, knowing what you know now, consider how at home care services can help your loved one improve their quality of life. Even if they are able to live alone, for the time being, getting all the help they can get can help ensure they do not develop conditions that could have been avoided with better lifestyle choices.

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