Towson, Maryland (PressExposure) February 12, 2009 -- The month of February is all about the heart: affairs of the heart on Valentineâs Day and dangers to the heart during American Heart Month. Thatâs why Senior Helpers, the fastest growing provider of in-home care for seniors, advises families to help reduce their elderly loved onesâ risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and the elderly are at even greater risk.
âHeart failure is reaching a critical level among seniors so you need to watch out for the symptoms of heart problems,â advises Peter Ross, CEO and founder of Senior Helpers. âIf you canât check up on your elderly loved one, hire a trusted caregiver who can.â
A chronic disease, heart failure occurs when any part of the heart muscle weakens and the heart canât provide the bodyâs cells oxygen and nutrient rich blood. Everyday activities become difficult and in some cases dangerous because of fatigue and shortness of breath.
â¢ Heart disease is the #1 killer of all Americans and those over age 65. â¢ 807, 082 patients age 65 or older were hospitalized for heart failure in 2006. â¢ The number of patients over 65 hospitalized for heart failure increased by 131% between 1980 and 2006. â¢ The risk of heart failure increases with age, doubling after age 75 and doubling again after age 85. â¢ Heart disease kills 910,000 Americans annually, according to the American Heart Association. â¢ Individuals with cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease, stroke, or heart failure, have five to seven times the risk as the general population of having a heart attack or dying.
âThe key for seniors and their families is to know the risk factors and lower the risk, âsays Ross. âSeniors need regular medical care and family members need to check on them. Senior Helpers is there if a family member canât be there.â
Know the signs of a heart attack.
â¢ Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks start with mild pain or discomfort in the chest that can last for minutes or go away and come back. â¢ Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including pain in the arms, back or neck. â¢ Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. â¢ Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Help elderly loved ones reduce the risk of heart disease: â¢ Make sure seniors get their blood pressure checked on a regular basis. â¢ Make sure seniors get their cholesterol checked on a regular basis. â¢ Help them quit smoking. â¢ Help them exercise.
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For more information about Senior Helpers, please visit: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/