Feb 9, 2018 by Comfort Keepers
Heart disease is a term used to describe many serious, often fatal, heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, and peripheral arterial disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and in the world, accounting for over 600,000 deaths each year in American and over 18 million worldwide. The good news is that most people can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease with a few simple lifestyle modifications.
February is American Heart Month. This February, join with Comfort Keepers and our home care assistants in spreading the word about heart disease. Seniors and their family members should know the risks, signs, and ways to prevent it.
Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be lowered, such as a family history of heart disease. But most of the risk factors are the result of lifestyle choices that can be changed. Among the most common of these are smoking, regular alcohol consumption, a poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and excessive stress.
When it comes to reducing risk factors for heart disease, even a few lifestyle modifications can make a huge difference. Consider the following:
Seniors who need help with these or other daily living activities will greatly benefit from the physical and emotional support of a Comfort Keepers home care assistant.
In addition to understanding the risks of heart disease and the ways to reduce those risks, seniors and their loved ones should also understand the most common signs of it. Should a heart attack occur, every moment is precious.
If your senior loved one experiences any of the following, call 911 immediately and a get medical attention:
This February, help Comfort Keepers spread the word about heart disease. For more information or to learn about the many ways a Comfort Keepers home care assistant can help your senior loved one create a safe and independent lifestyle, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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