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How Elderly Home Care Can Help with Heart Health

Feb 8, 2018 by Marlin Duncan

February is American Heart Health Month in Hazleton, PA, and it’s the perfect time to raise awareness about heart disease and how seniors can prevent it. Let’s take a closer look at what heart disease is and how older adults can help this serious condition from affecting their lives.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is considered the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The term is used to describe several different heart conditions including coronary artery disease, silent ischemia, angina, heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, heart defects, and peripheral arterial disease.

Preventing Heart Disease

The good news is that seniors can prevent heart disease by living a healthy lifestyle and properly managing their health conditions. These simple strategies can help older adults prevent heart disease:

  • Visiting your doctor in Hazleton on a regular basis.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Adhering to a well-balanced diet with limited amount of sodium.
  • Managing stress levels.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Limiting alcohol intake.

If your senior loved one is struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle elderly home care services could be a great solution. Comfort Keepers caregivers are compassionate, experienced professionals who can readily assist your loved one with personal care tasks, light housekeeping, meal preparation, as well as providing them with companionship. A caregiver can encourage your loved one to maintain an exercise regime and help them modify exercises or their diet if they have medical conditions that make these tasks difficult.

Cause of Heart Disease

Atherosclerosis or the narrowing/blockage of arteries on the walls of the artery is the main cause of heart disease. An unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, and other correctable issues tend to be major factors in the development of heart disease.

Eating a healthy diet can be difficult for seniors. They may feel inconvenienced or wasteful cooking meals just for themselves, or they might have mobility issues or anxieties that prevent them from shopping for healthy fresh foods that can help prevent heart disease. Elderly home care providers can help seniors do the things that are necessary to protect their heart health and help them uphold their independence and comfort at home.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Although the specific type of heart condition requires unique treatment, majority of heart conditions share similar symptoms. The most common symptom of heart disease would be chest pain. Seniors who experience chest pain typically feel pressure, heaviness, discomfort, or fullness in their chest. Other symptoms of heart disease include a faster heartbeat, shortness of breath, palpitations or irregular heartbeats, weakness or dizziness, nausea, and sweating.

Seniors in Hazleton, PA or the surrounding areas who are struggling with heart disease or maintaining a healthy lifestyle on their own can greatly benefit from elderly home care services. Contact us today for more information. Our senior care advisors would be happy to answer any of the questions you may have, and help you with scheduling your free in home consultation.

Comfort Keepers of Hazleton, PA is proud to provide care services to the following communities:

Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Pottsville, Berwick, Drums, Tamaqua, Sugarloaf, Freeland, Weatherly, Neascopeck, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, Mcadoo, Minersville, Saint Clair, Post Carbon, Barnesville, New Philadelphia, Beaver Meadows, Tresckow, Gilberton, Brockton, Conyngham, Sheppton, Middleport, Delano, Tuscarora, Mary D, Cumbola, Ebervale, Seltzer, Junedale, Beach Haven, Milnesville, Weston, Rock Glen, Llewellyn, Lattimer Mines, Mifflinville and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. 

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