Each year throughout the United States More Than 735,000 people experience heart attacks. Of these, more than 210,000 are experiencing a second or subsequent heart attack. Having experienced one heart attack puts a senior at far higher risk of experiencing another, and makes it more likely they will suffer severe complications and health consequences as a result of another heart attack. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to take meaningful steps to help your senior prevent another heart attack. Making modifications to their daily life and their regular care can support better heart health and greatly reduce the risk they will suffer a subsequent attack.
Some ways your parents can prevent another heart attack include:
- Ensure your senior stays compliant with their medications from their doctor. It is vital that they take their medications when and how they are supposed to. This maximizes the benefits and reduces the risk of complications. If your parent already takes several medications, reminders from you or an elderly care provider can be valuable for helping them remember proper dosage and timing
- Talk to their doctor about follow-up care before they leave the hospital and set appointments immediately. Even if your parent feels like they are doing better, keeping up with proper follow-up care is essential for monitoring their health, further reducing risk, and managing health issues that might arise
- Encourage your parent to participate in cardiac rehab. This type of rehabilitation includes help to understand exercise, risk factors, nutrition, medication, stress management, and more
- Help your parent find support, such as through a counselor, therapist, or support group. This will help them to manage their stress and deal with emotional issues that can put a strain on their heart
Preventing a subsequent heart attack is not just about addressing one issue or challenging your senior’s life. Instead, This goal should be a primary focus of all aspects of your seniors care as they move forward. Elderly care approaches your senior as a whole individual. This means the highly personalized services of the elderly home care services provider are designed to a manager senior’s needs physically, mentally, and emotionally, and to help them with their personal care needs and activities of daily living in the ways that are right for them. When it comes to helping them to prevent another heart attack, this care provider can support the care plan from their medical team and your care efforts, including meal and snack preparation to support good nutrition, physical assistance to help with mobility issues and keeping them physically active, assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily living to help them conserve energy, medication reminders, companionship, and more.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.