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What Common Heart Conditions Can Seniors Develop?

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Though it is always important to focus on heart health, it becomes even more crucial in the senior years. For instance, the American Heart Association estimates 42.2 million adults over the age of 60 have some form of cardiovascular disease. Family caregivers in Prescott should encourage their senior loved ones to maintain healthy lifestyles to prevent the development of these serious heart conditions.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is most often caused by poorly controlled high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, a condition resulting in narrow arteries that don’t effectively deliver oxygen to the heart. To control the symptoms of heart failure, your loved one should live a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of exercise. Avoiding salty foods and taking prescribed medications on time also helps control the symptoms, and surgery may be recommended for some people.

Aortic Stenosis

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve doesn’t open all the way, which traps blood inside the heart. The trapped blood can build up, causing chest pain as a result of blood entering the lungs. This condition is typically treated with a combination of medicines and surgery, but the treatment can vary based on the severity of the condition and your loved one’s overall health.

Arteriosclerosis

The most well known type of arteriosclerosis occurs when the walls of the arteries become thick due to accumulated plaque. People with this condition may feel fatigued or have pain in the chest and other parts of the body. Arteriosclerosis is often controlled with surgery or medications, such as those that lower cholesterol, and lifestyle changes like losing weight are often recommended. Eating a healthy diet low in saturated fat, managing stress effectively, and taking prescribed medications can help your loved one relieve the symptoms of arteriosclerosis.

Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, occurs for a variety of reasons. For instance, someone with reduced potassium levels or an overactive thyroid gland may experience this condition. Arrhythmias are also caused by caffeine, nicotine, and some medicines. Tests can help determine the cause of the arrhythmia. In most cases, lifestyle changes like stopping smoking are recommended. Medications are used to control this condition, or a pacemaker may be surgically implanted to help regulate heartbeat.

There are many ways to help your loved one maintain heart health, and one you may want to consider is hiring a professional caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can provide medication reminders, assist with exercise and healthy meal prep, and help with many other important daily tasks. For more information on the at-home care Prescott families trust, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 928-771-0105 to schedule a free consultation.