September 29th is just around the corner. This day is observed each year as Worldwide Heart Health Day. With over a year of an unrelenting virus, now is the time to take extra precautions to protect you heart. This blog will discuss how to protect your heart, heart health and COVID-19, and how to spread awareness. Read more from Freedom Home Care below.
Protecting Your Heart
Spreading awareness regarding cardiovascular health is very important. According to the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular disease (CVD) “is a class of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels”. Cardiovascular disease can occur based on a variety of factors. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and an unhealthy diet are some of the main factors, however family history, age and sex may also play a role.
There are, however, ways to prevent heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, almost 80% of all heart attacks and strokes are preventable. Best practices to prevent this health risk include:
- Exercising Regularly– While this may be easier said than done, staying active can be a huge factor in preventing heart disease. As fall approaches, the changing leaves make for a beautiful, scenic walk that can not only allow for a serene experience in nature but is also considered great exercise. Yoga is another beneficial activity to get your heart racing and can be simple enough for any senior to enjoy.
- Maintain A Healthy Diet– Maintaining cardiovascular health does not mean you have to give up all things delicious. It’s all about balance and incorporating healthy nutrients in every meal to promote a well-balanced diet. Red meats and refined carbohydrates can be consumed in moderation, but fish, poultry, fruits, and vegetables are best in preventing heart complications.
- Avoid Bad Habits – Alcohol consumption is unfortunately a leading cause in heart complications, while limiting this activity will help, eliminating any sort of consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco use is best for optimal results. Speaking with a physician can help to tailor a plan to perfectly suit your needs to set you on your way to protecting your heart health.
How to Spread Awareness
Preventing cardiovascular issues such as a heart attack, stroke, and heart disease are crucial. If you or a senior loved one are not suffering from any sort of cardiovascular complications, it is best to help spread awareness and continue to participate in preventative measures. Some of the best ways to get involved is to be a support system for others. Battling CVD is no easy feat, and support from family and friends can go a long way.
Heart Health and COVID-19
As the COVID-19 continues to remain present amongst the globe, and new variations of the virus are spreading, its important to remember that practicing preventative measures are still important. While COVID-19 does not directly affect the heart as it does the lungs, the heart needs to work very hard to pump oxygenated blood throughout your body, particularly when battling infection. According to recent findings, researchers report that about one-fourth of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 are experiencing heart damage. While you may not be experiencing heart complications that leave you a threat to the virus, there are many other people that are. You can spread awareness by doing your part to stay home if you are feeling ill, continue to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when necessary, and keep highly used areas sanitized to not only prevent the risk of COVID-19, but to also prevent other illnesses that may come around as the seasons change.
Freedom Home Care Highland Park
If you, a loved one or friend are experiencing cardiovascular complications or risks, do not hesitate to reach out to a healthcare provider. We at Freedom Home Care understand the risks and why CVD should be recognized each year. Our certified caregivers are happy to help answer questions regarding heart health or regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are seeking in-home health care near Highland Park, we are happy to help. Freedom Home Care provides trustworthy, reliable care to your senior loved one in need. We believe in helping seniors at home to provide a comfortable, and familiar atmosphere while receiving the utmost care at home. Our Alzheimer’s care and personalized elder care are just the start of the list of services we offer. Please contact us today if you are in need of care or want to stay up to date on current Freedom Home Care news.