Heart Disease: Know Your Risks

February 11th, 2015 No Comments

In-Home Cardiac Care in New JerseyVisiting Angels’ senior health focus: American Heart Month

Do you know your risk for heart disease or heart attack? Nearly one third of Americans suffer with cardiovascular disease. Your risk increases with age, and being 65 or older is a top risk factor for heart disease or heart attack.

Risk Factors

  • Having a family history of heart disease
  • Being overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High stress levels
  • Diabetes, depression
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet

Reduce Your Risk
The key to avoiding heart disease is to reduce your risk with some simple lifestyle adjustments. We can’t do anything about our age, but we can work on some other areas.

  • Control diabetes with medication and diet
  • Maintain blood pressure, cholesterol and weight within normal ranges
  • Stay physically active with a moderate exercise regimen
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Find ways to reduce stress
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Stop smoking
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Spend quality time with friends and loved ones

Every positive action you take to safeguard your health is a good step toward heart health.

Would You Recognize the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?
Heart attacks can seem to come out of nowhere, but there are signs to recognize. Along with pressure or pain the chest, shortness of breath, feeling lightheaded or faint, nausea and vomiting and pain that moves up your neck or down your arm are not to be ignored. Early treatment is your best protection against severe damage or even death. If you experience these signs for ten minutes or more, call 911, or get to the nearest ER as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has experienced a heart attack, or if you suffer with heart disease and require in-home care, call Visiting Angels in New Jersey at 609-883-8188. Visiting Angels provides professional, compassionate and competent home care services services tailored to fit your senior living needs. Our goal is to help keep you or your loved ones healthy and independent at home where we all feel more comfortable, secure and happy.

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