Who doesn’t want to live a long, healthy life if possible? Our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Newmarket want to take time during Heart Month this February to help you and your loved one take control of your heart health by offering tips that can help control the risk factors associated with heart disease.
Do You Know Your Risk Factors?
Let’s look at ways you and your loved one can help lower your risk of heart disease.
For one, if you or your loved one smoke, you are putting yourself at an increased risk of high blood pressure and blocked arteries, which, in turn, can lead to a higher risk of heart disease. Therefore, if you have a smoker in the family, it’s important that he or she stop smoking immediately to help improve his or her heart health. In fact, as soon as you stop smoking, your body, including heart and lungs, begins to repair itself!
Second, make sure you are getting enough exercise throughout the day. Canadians who live a sedentary lifestyle are placing themselves at a greater risk of suffering from heart disease in the future. Most studies suggest people get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise to help keep the heart healthy. Moderate exercise can include brisk walking, running, playing tennis, swimming, and gardening. Therefore, it’s important to find an activity you and your loved one can both enjoy!
Finally, if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to not only keep your blood sugar levels properly maintained to help keep your medical condition in control, but also to help decrease your risk of heart disease.
Has your loved one recently experienced a heart-related medical issue? Our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Newmarket can help with a number of special services and additional care for your loved one with heart-related medical problems.