Feb 9, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
Heart disease is not actually a disease but several serious and often fatal heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, and peripheral arterial disease. It is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States and worldwide. In fact, one out of four deaths in the United States is attributed to heart disease.
The good news: heart disease is highly preventable.
February is American Heart Month. During American Heart Month seniors and their families are encouraged to learn about the causes, risks, and prevention of heart disease. After all, understanding the risks, signs, and symptoms can make the difference between life and death.
The true tragedy of heart disease is not the 18 million people that die each year, over 600,000 in the United States alone. The tragedy is that most of these deaths could have been avoided. While some risks, such as a family history of heart disease, cannot be mitigated, most of the risks can. These include smoking, regular alcohol consumption, a poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and excessive stress.
According to the American Heart Association, just a few lifestyle changes can reduce or eliminate the greatest risks of heart disease. A few modifications that are encouraged include regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet, reducing weight, and stress management. At the top of the list, however, are smoking cessation and limiting alcohol consumption. Seniors who smoke and drink regularly are exponentially more likely to suffer from heart disease than those who do not.
Many seniors may require help when it comes to modifying their lifestyle, especially if they suffer from chronic pain or limited mobility. Comfort Keepers in-home caregivers can help. Just a few of the supports caregivers provide include:
Heart disease is deadly, but with the proper support and positive lifestyle modifications, your senior loved one can decrease or even eliminate the risks. This February, American Heart Month, help spread the word about heart disease.
For more information, or to learn about the many ways Comfort Keepers in-home care providers can help your senior loved one create a safe and independent lifestyle, contact an in-home care coordinator today.
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