Did You Know? February Is American Heart Month

Posted: 1/28/2015 11:13 AM by Interim HealthCare
Elder Care Can Help You Care For Your Aging Loved One Who Suffers from Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Unfortunately, heart disease can happen to anyone but some people are at a higher risk for it than others. Some high risk categories include being a man over 45, a woman over 55, or if heart disease runs in your family. However, there is some good news. Heart disease can be prevented or your risk for it lowered by making some simple lifestyle changes.

Preventing Heart Disease

There are several things you can do to prevent heart disease:
  •  Manage your stress levels
  •  If you do drink alcohol, make sure it’s only in moderation
  •  Take the necessary health measures to prevent type 2 diabetes
  •  Quit smoking and avoid breathing second-hand smoke
  •  Watch your weight and keep it at healthy levels
  •  Eat a healthy and balanced diet and participate in regular exercise
  •  Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Heart disease can lead to medical conditions such as strokes, heart failure, heart attacks, aneurysm, or artery disease. Heart attacks tend to be more common. It’s important to learn some of the common signs and symptoms of a heart attack and to get immediate medical attention.
  •  Being extremely tired, or feeling light-headed or dizzy
  •  Having chest pain – you can also feel pressure in your chest or like it is being squeezed
  •  Difficulty breathing all the time, even when just resting
  •  Having flu like symptoms such as vomiting or feeling ill
  •  Suddenly breaking out into a cold sweat or chills
  •  Suffering pain in the upper stomach area, neck, jaw, arms, legs, or back

Ways to Lower Your Risk

“Take Action! Take steps today to lower your risk for heart disease. Know your numbers. High blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause heart disease and heart attack. Get your cholesterol checked. Men need to get their cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years.”


Stop smoking

Quitting smoking and quitting all tobacco products will dramatically lower your risk for heart disease or your chances of having a heart attack. If you need help in quitting, call 1-QUIT-NOW.

Eat a healthy diet

Consume plenty of vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. It’s important to cut down on foods that are high in fat and salt. Getting regular check-ups with your doctor is also important. Even while caring for a family elder, you should be caring for yourself as well. You should look into hiring the help of elder care providers. A trained caregiver can meet the needs of your parent so that you can have your own health and life to live along with your parent. 

If you have an aging loved one and are considering home health care services, contact Interim HealthCare today.