Each year, 17.3 million deaths occur as a result of heart diseases. Seniors are particularly prone to cardiovascular complications. More than half of American deaths in 1964 were the result of cardiovascular disease. While this percentage has decreased, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States.
How to Protect Your Senior’s Heart Health
Types of Heart Health Problems
There are a wide variety of heart health problems. Cardiovascular disease is a term that broadly describes the plethora of problems that can impair the cardiovascular system. Therefore, knowing and understanding the types of heart health problems can help protect your senior’s heart health.
Specific cardiac issues can include the following:
- High Cholesterol
- Valve Problems
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
Some of these conditions are manageable. However, others can be fatal without proper management. Therefore, it is vital for seniors and families of senior loved ones to learn the signs of heart problems. Our at-home caregivers here at HomeSpark can help seniors to manage these cardiac issues to ensure a healthy heart.
Signs of Cardiovascular Issues
Symptoms of Cardiovascular Issues that Require Immediate Medical Attention
Seek emergency treatment if your senior loved one has any of the following signs of heart attack and/or stroke:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Upper body pain in the jaw, neck, back or arms
- Difficulty breathing
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Facial drooping
- Slurred speech
- Heart palpitations
- Impaired vision
Signs it is Time to Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment
Regular treatment or lifestyle changes can manage many heart conditions, which are often present with mild symptoms. Make sure seniors schedules an appointment with their doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms of heart disease:
- Fluttering in the chest
- Fast, slow or irregular heartbeat
- High or low blood pressure
- Ongoing fatigue
- Dizziness, fainting, or near fainting
- Difficulty breathing after exercise
- Lower body swelling
These are just a few tips on how to protect your senior’s heart health during American Heart Month. Our caregivers here at HomeSpark can help manage the above symptoms of cardiovascular issues with tasks such as medication retrieval and meal preparation to ensure the health of your senior loved ones. Contact us with the link below for more information!