Feb 8, 2018 by Jorge Preciado
Cardiovascular disease poses a serious health risk to the senior population, though it can affect people of all ages. It is one of the leading causes of death in the US, as it is estimated that 1 in every 4 fatalities is caused by a heart-related condition. This February, care for seniors campaigns to raise heart health awareness in the senior community in Fairfield, CA. Now, let’s take a look at what every individual needs to know about heart disease.
Heart disease generally refers to any progressive, chronic condition that affects the heart and blood vessels. Some of the most common heart conditions are coronary artery disease, angina pectoris, heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, heart defects, silent ischemia, and peripheral arterial disease.
Detrimental habits and poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and obesity often cause heart problems. These risk factors can lead to the narrowing and blockage of the arteries by fatty plaques – a process known as atherosclerosis.
The onset of heart disease occurs over time when the buildup of plaques inside the artery walls prevents the heart from functioning normally. However, professionals from care for seniors point out that the risk can be minimized with certain dietary and lifestyle changes.
Although the treatment approach may differ depending on the type of heart disease, all cardiovascular diseases have similar symptoms. The most common symptom is chest pain experienced as a sensation of heaviness or fullness in the chest region.
Other symptoms include an increased heart rate, palpitations and/or irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath, sudden weakness, dizziness, nausea, and excessive sweating. Care for seniors urges older adults to contact their doctor immediately if they notice one or more of these symptoms.
The good news is that seniors can significantly improve their heart health by incorporating the following strategies recommended by professional care for seniors:
This February, support American Heart Health Month by spreading the word to your family or friends, consider donating to an organization to help fund further heart research, and remember to wear red as a sign of awareness and support. Together, we can make a big difference in our community.