How to Protect Your Senior’s Heart Health During American Heart Month

How to Protect Your Senior's Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, which is designated to encourage individuals to do the following: learn about, prevent and address heart problems. Since seniors are particularly at risk, it is important that family members and caregivers understand heart disease. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on how to protect your senior’s heart health.

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:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmia
  • Valve Problems
  • Pericarditis
  • Stroke
  • 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
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting and/or nausea
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Facial drooping
  • Slurred speech
  • Unconsciousness/fainting
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • 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
  • Lightheadedness
  • 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!

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