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Is Your Loved One at Increased Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Posted: 3/28/2018 8:57 AM by Interim HealthCare

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death among seniors. The heart malfunctions and subsequently stops beating. Critical oxygen and nutrients are no longer pumped throughout the body, keeping your organs and tissues from doing their jobs. 

It's a daunting prospect; however, it can often be reversed with proper action. 

Understanding when your loved one is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and being prepared to take action can make the difference between life or death.

Some factors that increase the risk that your parent will suffer a cardiac arrest include:

  • Coronary heart disease

  • Having an enlarged heart. Abnormal heart size may indicate that your parent's heart does not beat efficiently and could stop

  • Irregular heart valves

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Issues with the electrical impulses of the cardiovascular system

  • Being over the age of 45 for men, or 55 for women

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Suffering high blood pressure

  • Having low magnesium or low potassium levels 


If you believe that your parent is at increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest, do not hesitate to get in touch with a doctor to discuss the risk. Additionally, speak to the doctor regarding how you can help improve your loved one's cardiovascular and overall health to prevent this and other maladies common among seniors. 

Elderly home care can help keep your loved one happy and healthy.

Choosing home care for your elderly loved one is a powerful way to keep Mom or Dad happy and healthy. Regular visits from an elderly home care services provider can provide treatment and freedom for Mom or Dad to continue an active, engaged, indepedent and ultimately, fulfilling lifestyle.

Through a set of highly personalized services, a home care provider ensures your parent has access to care and assistance to the specific individual limitations, challenges, and needs. Most importantly, it allows you to remain at the forefront of your loved one's care, while freeing you to focus your energy and attention on all areas of your own life.

Learn more about elderly care from Interim HealthCare, then contact your nearest Interim HealthCare location to get started.