Healing an Aging Heart
Many people in our country unfortunately have ended up contracting heart disease, especially amongst the senior patients. Of course, who wants heart disease right? Heart disease causes 1.2 million heart attacks each year, and more than forty percent of those suffering from a heart attack will possibly die. Even more worrisome, 335,000 people with heart attacks will die in an emergency department or before ever reaching the hospital.
It is a good idea to jump on board and think about the habits and changes that can help avoid heart problems. Be sure to do your research and share the information you find. Some changes in the heart organ and blood vessels normally occur with the aging process. Preventing heart disease is crucial, but not impossible.
A little background by Medline Plus – the heart is made up of two sides. The right portion of the heart pumps blood to the lungs to receive oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. The left side pumps oxygen-rich blood to the human body. Blood flows out of the heart organ and through the arteries, which then split up and get smaller in size as they go into tissues. In the tissues, they then become smaller sized capillaries.
Some Uncontrollable Risk-Factors:
- Elderly Age
- Family History of Heart Disease
- Race: African Americans, American Indians, and Mexican – More likely to have heart disease than Caucasians.
Important things to do in order to prevent heart disease:
- Preventing stress – This will help individuals already affected by heart disease and heart attacks and those may exhibit risk factors.
- Avoid yourself and family to stay away from conflicts that may cause a stressful atmosphere.
- Be patient with elderly parent’s anxieties. Acknowledge and understand.
- Get informed by physicians on important life style changes that might be helpful.
- Reinforce exercise methods to help the heart heal and remain strong.
- Reinforce the doctor’s advice to take up exercise, which done regularly will make the heart and lungs stronger
- Avoid Smoking, and around people. Smoking cessation therapy and counseling is encouraged.
- Follow low-fat diets and eat consciously – and tighten eating habits along with monitoring behavioral changes.
- Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels.
The SAGE Study Group reported on NCBI describes the management of heart failure among the elderly population and senior care living in long-term care. Long story short, patients in long-term care who have heart failure and heart disease are evaluated by factors like age, sex-related differences and state of health.
Now that you are aware of some of the important risk factors and habits that will decrease your chances of heart disease, what else is there available for you to take part in, in fighting against heart disease? Sure enough, there is an opportunity where YOU can help save lives! Permitted by the American Heart Association, there is held a premiere event, The Heart Walk, to help raise funding for lives suffering from heart disease and strokes.
So, Join now! Heart Walk – created to help promotion of healthy physical activity and good quality of living. This opportunity is a rewarding and fun event for you and the entire family to take part in. There are about 350 events in total. The more participation will create a stronger fight against these diseases. This is something you will not want to miss!
If you are a an individual living in a senior facility, such as assisted living or residential care, and still want to take part in disease awareness, there is another option for you. Are you, or a family member or anybody you know suffering from heart disease, or in fact, any illness? You can get the story out there by connecting on Treatment Diaries – and get the chance to anonymously connect to individuals affected by any illness through online health related conversations captured in personal diaries.
After some searching I came across a nice quote. “I know you want to success, but take it easy. Never let your heart’s desire become a heart disease!” – Rev Run Quotes
By: Sarah Jamali, Cariloop Intern