February is American Heart Month, so it is quite fitting that we discuss one of the biggest threats to our health: heart disease.
According the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world, and in 2013, 31% of all global deaths were caused by some form of cardiovascular disease. This illness is not only common, but it can be devastating and debilitating. That’s why it is important to educate yourself and take steps to stay active in order to better avoid the risks of this chronic disease.
Heart disease can reveal itself in multiple different forms. Whether through arrhythmia, infection, or weakness in general, three main symptoms often indicate a potential problem: chest pain, shortness of breath, and fainting. If you experience these severe symptoms, it is important to contact a doctor or homecare provider to determine your best plan of action.
While the disease can be very common, there are steps you can take to increase your body’s prevention of it. First, staying active is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease as you are keeping your muscles in action while also burning harmful fats and calories when exercising. Consider starting a daily routine of walking around the block to ensure you are working your body each day. Second, follow a healthy diet. Foods that are low in fat and cholesterol (fruits, veggies, whole grains) are key to a healthy heart. Finally, reduce your stress and anxiety. Constant stress and worry puts an unnecessary strain on your body, so consider yoga or other relaxation exercises to relieve your mind.
Celtic Healthcare is a specialist in caring for homebound patients with chronic diseases, such as heart disease, utilizing top of the line technology and techniques right from the comfort of your home. If you or a loved one is in need of specialized homecare for heart disease, or would like more information regarding this disease, reach out to Celtic Healthcare by calling 1.888.9CELTIC (1.888.923.5842).
Blog post by Troy Abbott – Support Services Coordinator