As a family caregiver, a heart attack is likely something you have thought about considerably. Elderly adults are at higher risk of suffering heart attacks than younger people, and the risk increases with age. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among both men and women, and more than 735,000 people in the United States each year will suffer a heart attack. Recognizing the warning signs of a heart attack can ensure your parent gets the medical care they need to manage the heart attack itself, get the treatment they need to minimize damage and begin the healing process.
While there are some heart attack symptoms most people recognize, including pain or tightness in the chest, these are not the only symptoms, and the majority of people are not aware of all warning signs. Studies have shown that fewer than 30 percent of people are able to name all major warning signs, and know it is important to call for emergency medical care if they suspect a heart attack. One question that is very common when it comes to heart attacks is if the warning signs are the same for women.
The truth is, women most frequently experience the same common symptoms as men, including pain and tightness in their chest, neck, and arm.
There are other symptoms, however, that may not be as dramatic or easily identifiable, and these tend to be more prevalent in women than in men. For example, many women who have suffered a heart attack report feeling like they have the flu, being short of breath, experiencing dizziness, or feeling nausea. These symptoms can easily be confused with other illnesses and cause the senior to “miss” a heart attack, leading them not to get the medical care they need. This can leave their heart muscle damaged, making them more vulnerable to another heart attack or other consequences of heart disease.
It is extremely important for you as a family caregiver to pay close attention to your senior’s health, recognize symptoms that are different, and ensure they get the medical attention they need promptly to manage the situation. If you notice your parent is suffering any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor as soon as possible so they can get the attention and potential treatment they need.
If you’re aging loved one has recently suffered a heart attack, elderly care can be instrumental in their healing.
A heart attack is a severe medical event and can have a lasting impact on your parent’s health, well-being, and even quality of life. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider can help your parent to cope with these changes, recover from a heart attack, and improve their health as they move forward.
These services can include medication reminders to help them stay compliant with guidelines from their doctor, meal and snack preparation to help them maintain good nutrition, physical support to help with personal care tasks, mobility, and more, help around the house to keep their home environment clean and welcoming, emotional support, and more.