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Home Care Helps With Heart Disease Prevention

Feb 17, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek

With age comes an increased risk for heart disease, as blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart-related numbers tend to rise. However, our home care providers in Walnut Creek, CA can help you keep an eye on your loved one’s health and do everything possible to help them live longer and better. With your family’s help, we can help your senior loved one prevent heart disease and continue living happily in the comfort of their own home.

Nicotine narrows and restricts blood vessels and can cause heart diseases, so all seniors should be encouraged to quit smoking or not to start. A senior’s risk of coronary heart disease is significantly reduced even just a single year after quitting smoking.

Our home care providers could also make sure your loved one eats nutritious meals every day. They could add plenty of fruits and veggies, grains, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like fresh tuna or herring to their diet. Your loved one should avoid salt, saturated fats, sweets, and red meats, as well as trans fats.

Stress has many adverse effects on the human body, so seniors should be encouraged to take it easy on their heart by relaxing. Yoga, meditation, or maybe just reading a book and relaxing can help them keep their stress levels down and lower blood pressure. Our home care providers in Walnut Creek, CA could make sure your loved one regularly controls blood sugar levels. Your parent should also monitor their cholesterol. High blood lipids are a major contributor to heart disease.

Exercise and movement will always improve the quality of life for seniors, as well as reduce the risk of heart disease. Seniors can include walking around the neighborhood in their daily routine. Regular exercise can prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and improve their cholesterol levels. Even activities such as gardening, housekeeping, taking the stairs and walking the dog all count as exercising. It may sound silly, but studies have shown that seniors with more social support are less prone to heart diseases.

Home care providers recommend that your loved one knows their family history.  History of premature cardiovascular disease in their immediate family raises their risk substantially. They can’t change that, but it should make them pay special attention to their other risk factors. Comfort Keepers in Walnut Creek, CA understands that caring for a senior loved one can be a difficult task, but we are here to help your family one step at a time. 

 


Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek, CA proudly provides quality in home care services and custom senior care plans to residents in following areas: Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Pablo

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