The president declared this month American Heart Month.
It’s a month to focus on preventing heart disease, treating existing disease, and improving heart health. There are many kinds of heart disease, but they have common signs and symptoms. When it comes to the heart, it’s never a good idea to ignore signs of a problem. Below are some symptoms of a heart condition that experts say should never be ignored.
Chest Pain or Discomfort
Hearing that chest pain is a sign of a heart condition probably comes as no surprise, yet people ignore chest pain or discomfort all the time, think it will just go away. The feeling is described in different ways. Some people say that it feels like their chest is tight, others say it feels like pressure, and still others describe it as painful. It generally goes on for more than a couple of minutes and may happen while the person is inactive. Whatever the feeling, it can be a sign of a blocked artery or heart attack.
Feeling Dizzy or Lightheaded
There are lots of things that can cause dizziness, and a heart condition is one of them. If the older adult has a bout of dizziness that is accompanied by chest pain, contact a doctor immediately. Dizziness may be caused by a decrease in blood pressure because the heart isn’t pumping blood through the body efficiently.
Being short of breath can be a symptom of several heart problems, including:
Swelling in the Extremities
When the heart is beating well, it can cause the lower legs, feet, and ankles to swell. The swelling can be blood backing up into the veins because the heart doesn’t beat fast enough. It can also be caused by extra water building up because the kidneys aren’t functioning as well due to heart failure.
Heart palpitations, a racing heart, or a feeling like the heart is beating out of rhythm can be caused by a lack of sleep or too much caffeine, but they might also be a symptom of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is serious and needs to be treated by a doctor.
If your older adult family member is diagnosed with a heart condition, a senior care provider can help with their care. A senior care provider can remind the person to take their medications. They can also watch for signs that the older adult needs immediate help. Senior care providers can help them to take stress off of their hearts by allowing the senior to rest while they take care of tasks around the house, such as cleaning, laundry, and cooking.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Helena, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...