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Understanding Your Senior’s Risk for Heart Attack

Home Care in San Juan Capistrano CA

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women throughout the United States, contributing to approximately 1 in 4, or 25 percent, of all deaths. Each year an Home-Care-in-San-Juan-Capistrano-CAestimated 735,000 people throughout the country suffer a heart attack, with just over 200,000 of those people suffering a second or further subsequent attack. This makes it extremely important for you as a family caregiver to understand your aging loved one’s risk for heart attack so that you can take the proper steps to reduce that risk and protect their health as they age in place.

As with many other medical conditions, there are risk factors for heart attack that your aging loved one cannot impact or change in any way, but that may influence their risk of experiencing such a condition. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Age. Age 45 for men and 55 for women is the point at which the risk for suffering a heart attack increases
  • Family history. Those who have family members who have experienced heart attacks are more likely to suffer one themselves. This is particularly true if their parent, grandparent, or sibling suffered a heart attack by the age of 55 for a male, or 65 for a female
  • Autoimmune disorders. If your elderly parent has a personal history of autoimmune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, they are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack

 

Likewise, there are risk factors that your aging parent can influence, helping them to reduce their risk of the disease. These include:

  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle or very little physical activity most days
  • High levels of stress
  • Use of illegal drugs or improper use of medications
  • Use of tobacco products, particularly smoking
  • Long-term exposure to secondhand smoke such as by living in the home with a smoker or working in an environment where there was a large amount of smoke
  • Improperly managed high blood pressure
  • Improperly managed high blood cholesterol
  • Improperly managed diabetes
  • Excessive use of alcohol

 

If your aging parent has recently suffered a heart attack or they have risk factors that put them at increased risk of suffering such an attack, now is the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. The highly personalized services of an in-home senior care services provider are designed to address your elderly loved one’s individual needs in a way that helps them stay healthy, safe, and comfortable, but that also respects their need for independence, autonomy, and fulfillment as they age in place. When it comes to helping them keep their heart healthier, this home care provider can encourage your aging loved one to eat a balanced diet, stay active, and manage their health conditions that can impact their heart health. Together with the support and care that you give them, these services enable your parent to live the lifestyle that they want while reducing their risk of heart attack.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in San Juan Capistrano CA, please contact the caring staff at Canaan Home Care today! 1-844-CANAAN-1 (1-844-226-2261)

 

 

Sources:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/Heart-Attack_UCM_001092_SubHomePage.jsp

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/basics/risk-factors/con-20019520

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