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How Does Having a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Help Prevent Heart Disease?

Feb 11, 2018 by Marc Jeffries

The good news: heart disease is highly preventable.

February is American Heart Month. During American Heart Month seniors and their families are encouraged to learn about the causes, risks, and prevention of heart disease. After all, understanding the risks, signs, and symptoms can make the difference between life and death. The true tragedy of heart disease is not the 18 million people that die each year, over 600,000 in the United States alone. The tragedy is that most of these deaths could have been avoided. While some risks, such as a family history of heart disease, cannot be mitigated, most of the risks can. These include smoking, regular alcohol consumption, a poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and excessive stress.

 

According to the American Heart Association, just a few lifestyle changes can reduce or eliminate the greatest risks of heart disease. A few modifications that are encouraged include regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet, reducing weight, and stress management. At the top of the list, however, are smoking cessation and limiting alcohol consumption. Seniors who smoke and drink regularly are exponentially more likely to suffer from heart disease than those who do not.

 

Many seniors may require help when it comes to modifying their lifestyle, especially if they suffer from chronic pain or limited mobility. Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ professional, compassionate caregivers can help by:

  • Planning and preparation of healthy meals.
  • Help following a structured diet or coordinating with a nutritionist.
  • Physical and emotional support for regular physical fitness.
  • Local transportation to the gym or senior center.
  • Medication management assistance.
  • Stress management support.

 

Heart disease is deadly, but with the proper support and positive lifestyle modifications, your senior loved one can decrease or even eliminate the risks.

 

For more information on in-home care services, or to learn the many ways Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ can help your senior loved one create a safe, healthy and independent lifestyle, contact us at (908) 806-2220 or Toll Free at (877) 806-2220. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

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