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In-Home Heart Condition Management

Mar 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Many seniors in the Houston area suffer from heart conditions. The Texas Medical Center is home to the largest concentration of medical research and healthcare centers in the world, so seniors may move to Houston seeking the superior care that can be found in the Houston area. More heart surgeries are performed at the Texas Medical Center than any other medical center in the world. In-home care can help seniors to manage heart conditions more effectively and prevent conditions from worsening.


Managing and Mitigating Symptoms

Symptoms of heart troubles may include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and falls due to fatigue or disorientation from medication. Caregivers may help seniors manage or mitigate these symptoms by providing mobility assistance when traveling and encouraging seniors to slow down or rest when necessary. Caregivers can also help seniors to properly manage medications in order to prevent symptoms caused by medication errors.

Healthier Cooking

Heart-healthy cooking can give seniors with heart conditions more energy and help to prevent hospital readmissions. A heart-healthy diet is based on eating more vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fruits. Fiber and nutritional content should be high, while saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium content should be kept low. While protein is good, lean protein should be emphasized over fattier meats.

More Regular Exercise

Exercise is important for keeping the heart strong. Caregivers can be very helpful when it comes to exercise, as caregivers can provide a helping hand if exercise gets to be too much. The winter is a great time for seniors to get outdoors and walk for exercise in Houston, as temperatures are not as extreme, and the lower humidity in the air can be enjoyable. Caregivers can help seniors to establish and commit to regular exercise routines.

Condition Monitoring

Caregivers can help seniors to monitor things like heart rate before and after exercise, blood pressure, and weight so that any extreme changes are noticeable. Having a record of regular levels can be helpful for treating physicians. Caregivers can also help clients attend regular doctor’s appointments and can work with seniors to make sure that the diagnoses and home management instructions are understood.

Benefits of In-Home Care

Seniors often prefer home care to in-patient style care. In-home care allows more freedom and versatility, while providing seniors with the assistance that they need with housework and other tasks that may put strain on the heart. With proper in-home care and heart condition management, seniors can enjoy a high quality of life for many years after a heart condition diagnosis. 

Topics: Healthy Living

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