February is American Heart Month!
Did you know that 1 in 3 adults have at least one cardiovascular condition? 1
5.3 million Americans are currently living with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), a chronic condition where the heart can't pump enough blood and oxygen to support the body's needs.2 Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is the leading cause of hospital admissions among the elderly.
Symptoms of heart disease can include:
- Chest pain or palpitations
- Confusion or restlessness
Here are some heart health tips for you and your loved ones:
- Schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare professional and learn about your numbers - Cholesterol, LDL's, HDL's and triglycerides. During this time, you can check all of your vitals and discuss heart health with your doctor.
- Add exercise to your daily routine. You don't have to lace up your shoes for a brisk run; low-intensity exercise like walking, stretching, swimming and yoga can all contribute to heart health!
- Reduce sodium in your diet. You can easily lessen sodium in your favorite recipes by swapping out salt for herbs and spices.
- Take steps to quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. You can partner with a health care professional to develop a plan that works for you.
- Take your medications as prescribed. If you're having trouble taking your medicine on time or you're having side effects, ask a health care professional for help.
If you would like to talk to a care professional about how SeniorBridge can support clients with chronic heart conditions, click here to request a consultation or call 1-855-627-3684.
Friday, February 3rd was National Wear Red Day, an initiative in support of women’s heart health awareness. A number of our branches participated!
To learn more, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/
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1Nasif, MD, M., & Alahmad, MD, A. (n.d.). Congestive Heart Failure and Public Health.
Case Western Reserve University, 2-2. Retrieved from http://www.case.edu/med/epidbio/mphp439/CongHeartFail.pdf
2Older Americans & Cardiovascular Diseases. American Heart Association (2013). Retrieved from http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_319574.pdf