Did you know that heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada? As a result, our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Calgary want to make sure that you are aware of the risks and symptoms associated with a heart attack in order to get your loved one (or even you!) the medical attention he or she needs as quickly as possible.
Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?
While not every risk factor for heart disease is controllable, like a family history of heart disease, there are many risks that are actually in your control. Let’s take a look at various risk factors that could be placing you or your loved one at risk of suffering from a heart attack.
If you, a family member, or your loved one (or all of the above) smoke, now is the time to practice smoking cessation. Smoking places added pressure on your arteries, which can make it difficult for your blood to flow easily through your body and into your heart. Even if you don’t smoke, breathing in second-hand smoke can produce the same symptoms in a non-smoker as a smoker. Therefore, work hard to quit smoking sooner rather than later.
Also, stress can put you at a higher risk of heart disease. Stress usually leads to unhealthy habits, such as:
- Alcohol abuse
- Poor food choices
- Sedentary lifestyle
As a result, these unhealthy habits can lead to an increased risk of heart attack. Therefore, when stress does occur, utilize healthy methods to help ease the stress as quickly as possible. Meditation, as well as delegation of tasks, can help to lower your stress levels. If caregiving for your loved one is a huge source of stress, contact us to learn how our in-home care providers can help make a difference in the quality care your loved one deserves, as well as helps take some of the responsibility off of you.
By making some necessary changes to help eliminate many (if not all) of these risk factors for a heart attack, you can help to place yourself and your loved one at a lower risk of suffering from a heart attack.
Are you ready for your loved one to start receiving the quality care he or she deserves right in the comfort of your loved one’s own home? Visit Qualicare – Calgary today to learn how we can make a difference in caring for not only your loved one, but your entire family, with our 360-degree approach to care.