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10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease: Part 2

In Part 1 of our series on 10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease, we discussed 5 simple ways to help fight against the development of heart disease. In today’s article, we’ll examine 5 additional lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart disease.

6. Avoid Trans Fats

Trans-fatty acids are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (they’re found in most solid margarines, high-fat baked goods, deep fried foods and foods containing “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.”

7. Limit Alcohol Intake

While mild to moderate alcohol consumption is believed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, it may raise blood pressure thus negatively impacting overall heart health. Regular blood pressure checks can help evaluate the impact alcohol consumption is having on the heart.

8. Try Vitamins and Supplements

Evidence is inconclusive, but antioxidant supplements like vitamin E and homocysteine-lowering agents like folate seem to have promising roles in cardiovascular disease prevention. Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and other supplements have proven to be helpful in reducing cardiovascular disease.  Ask your home health nurse or other health professional about these supplements :

Some that may be useful:

  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Fish oils
  • Garlic
  • Ginko
  • Niacin
  • Soy

9. Practice stress management

A practice of reacting to life events with hostility, frustration and worry are known to negatively impact the heart over timeFamily members or home care staff can encourage the elder to participate in Tai chi, yoga, meditation or other activities the individual enjoys that help reduce stress.

10. Get Regular Health Check-ups

Regular visits to the physician will alert your elder loved one to the development of heart disease, so that it can be successfully managed.  Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, along with other cardiac tests are routinely evaluated at checkups, in an effort to evaluate cardiac disease risk. Should your loved one have a diagnosis of heart disease, the professionals at Nightingale Homecare can assist your loved one in the self-management of this disease.  See the details of our Pathlink Program.

As a leading homecare company in Paradise Valley and throughout Maricopa County, Nightingale Homecare can help your elderly loved one live a healthy lifestyle. We provide in-home senior care that promotes well-being, disease self-management and independence, and includes guidance in nutrition, exercise, and a healthy life-style. If your loved one requires homecare assistance in Phoenix, Scottsdale or elsewhere in the Valley, or if you have questions about in-home senior care, and how it can help your elder loved one manage or prevent heart disease or other health-related conditions, call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online.

*Consult your doctor before using any health treatment, including herbal supplements and natural remedies. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for professional medical counseling.

Posted in Blog on August 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off on 10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease: Part 2

10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease: Part 1

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. There are numerous factors that contribute to the likelihood of developing heart disease, but, thankfully, there are also many ways to help prevent it. Whether your elderly loved one lives under the watchful eye of a family member, lives alone, or receives some kind of senior home care assistance, these 10 tips can improve overall well-being and help combat heart disease:

1. Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of cardiovascular disease. That risk declines within months of quitting, and all but disappears in about five years.

2. Lower Cholesterol Intake

High blood cholesterol settles in the arterial walls, narrowing them and greatly increasing the odds of developing coronary heart disease. Look for total blood cholesterol levels below 200 mg/dL; LDL blood cholesterol below 130 mg/dL and HDL above 35 mg/dL.

3. Keep Weight within a Normal Range

Obesity is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Abdominal adiposity- excess weight around the midsection- is particularly risky, especially in women.

4. Get Regular Exercise

Daily exercise, such as walking, swimming or yoga can help maintain a healthy weight and thus lower the risk of heart disease. Exercise can also regulate insulin levels; therefore lowering risk of Type II Diabetes (Diabetes can elevate cardiovascular disease risk).

5. Eat More Fiber and Less Saturated Fat

Diets low in saturated fat and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can lower risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

Should your loved one have a diagnosis of heart disease, the professionals at Nightingale Homecare can assist your loved one in the self-management of this disease.  See the details of our Pathlink Program.

Join us again for part two of this series where we will address the 5 remaining steps you can take to help combat heart disease. If your loved one requires homecare assistance in Phoenix, Scottsdale or elsewhere in the Valley, or if you have questions about in-home senior care, and how it can help your elder loved one manage or prevent heart disease or other health-related conditions, call (602) 504-1555 or contact us online.

*Consult your doctor before using any health treatment, including herbal supplements and natural remedies. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for professional medical counseling.

 

Posted in Blog on August 9th, 2013 · Comments Off on 10 Ways to Combat Heart Disease: Part 1