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Heart Health Awareness

  • By Admin on February 08, 2018
  • Throughout the month of February, a spotlight is focused upon the muscular organ centered at the heart of our circulatory systems: the heart itself. Vital for pumping blood through our bodies, the state of our heart’s health plays a major role in our everyday lives. From getting out of bed in the morning to climbing back in at night and everything in between, this essential organ holds the key when it comes to sustaining and living our lives. During National Heart Awareness Month, healthcare professionals, schools, families and communities try to raise awareness of heart-related issues and promote heart-healthy lifestyle choices.

    We at Affordable Care at Home would like to take some time to join in spreading heart-health awareness and encourage heart-healthy decisions. An in-home care provider comprised of home health aides and certified nursing assistants, we know the importance of maintaining one’s health and the affect it has on quality of life. There are many different types of heart conditions, some of which include heart valve disease, heart attack, coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, congenital heart defects, heart failure and more. Symptoms vary and may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Shortness of breath

    • Limited or inability to exercise

    • Dizziness, fatigue or fainting

    • Chest pain/pressure or pain that radiates to your back, jaw or arm

    • Swelling

    • A rapid, irregular heartbeat or palpitations

    • Sweating, nausea or vomiting

    • Rapid weight gain

    Preventing certain heart conditions and maintaining your heart health requires making lifestyle choices that serve to boost your well-being. Affordable Care at Home places the safety, comfort and well-being of our clients as our top priority and we offer services that help those in our care maintain a healthy lifestyle. Services we provide, and ways that can help you stay heart-healthy, include:

    • Mobility assistance and exercise

    • Transportation to regular doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, exercise class and specialists

    • Medication reminders

    • Preparation of healthy meals and feeding assistance

    • Shopping for healthy foods

    • Assistance with staying active

    The best way to diagnose a heart condition is to see your doctor. If a heart condition is present, your doctor can plan a course of action that may incorporate medication, lifestyle changes, surgery etc. If you or your loved one experiences any concerning symptoms, it is important to seek immediate medical care. The occurrence of a heart-related issue can be reduced with diet, exercise and making healthy choices. Affordable Care at Home continues to assist our clients in maintaining healthy lifestyles and their quality of life. Reducing your risk of a heart condition consists of daily decisions that put your health first. This month and all year long, know your risk, take preventative measures and maintain a healthy heart for healthy living.