Can you recognize the warning signs?
Be sure you know thewarning signs of a heart attack. Call 911 for the fastest assistance and transportation to the ER.
Learning that you’ve got heart disease can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. The good news is that many types of heart disease can be treated by making healthier choices and changes to your lifestyle. Increasing physical activity (even an hour a week), paying attention to nutrition, and maintaining a healthy weight can improve and even reverse the effects of heart disease. People with heart disease and those who love them have a lot of power when it comes to working together to enrich their quality of life.
The term "heart disease" encompasses an array of conditions affecting the heart. These include coronary artery disease (restricted blood vessels), heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias), and congenital heart defects (those you were born with). “Heart disease" and “cardiovascular disease” often are used interchangeably, though cardiovascular disease usually refers to conditions involving narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, or stroke.
Heart disease symptoms vary, depending on the type of heart disease you have. Common symptoms include:
Be sure to watch for cardiovascular symptoms and to discuss concerns with your health-care provider. Though diagnosis may not be made until a person has a heart attack, angina, stroke, or heart failure, cardiovascular disease can sometimes be found early with regular exams.
People recovering at home from heart attack or stroke, or who have advancing heart disease may require personalized skilled care to ensure their condition is managed effectively. Adding a care professional to the family caregiving team can be essential.
After a heart attack, for example, it’s important to rest and ease back into socializing, enjoyable activities, and doctor-recommended exercise. A home care professional can provide respite care for family members and assist the care recipient with daily activities like getting dressed, food preparation, and staying active. The main benefit of home care is that it enables the person with heart disease to continue to live at home with as much independence as possible while also receiving the support and care needed to be safe.
Family members also benefit—getting the time to take care of their own well-being, to connect with friends, to relieve stress in healthy ways, while knowing their loved one is being cared for by a compassionate, trained professional is a great help.
Source: American Heart Association