At the Heart of Healthcare

May 15, 2017

At Centers Health Care, we know the importance of heart health. It’s even the first word in our motto: Heart. Home. Health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease is the number one cause of death globally. That’s why it is essential to know the major types of heart issues and some ways to manage them or stop them before they start.  

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart. This is typically caused by clogs in the arteries. Heart attacks may result in different symptoms, including dizziness, chest pain or pressure, and fatigue. Though some people experience no symptoms, heart attacks often have early warning signs, one of the most common being chest pain.

Heart failure, or congestive heart failure, is when the heart is unable to pump a sufficient amount of blood throughout the body. Symptoms of congestive heart failure include shortness of breath, chest pain, and sudden weight gain. Heart failure usually occurs when the heart is weakened or stiff from conditions like high blood pressure.

Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries, which are responsible for supplying the heart with blood and nutrients, become damaged. Artery damage usually stems from plaque buildup. If the blockage become severe enough, it can cause a heart attack. The most common symptoms of coronary artery disease are chest pain and shortness of breath.

These heart issues have similar risk factors. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lack of physical activity can all increase the likelihood of heart disease. Some risk factors, such as family history, are not in anyone’s control, but preventative measures are always a good idea. Additionally, medical professionals may recommend the use of medication or surgery for the best heart health.

Some medications, like aspirin, can modify the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can help limit the amount of blockage in arteries. It helps prevent blood clotting, which can stop arteries from becoming blocked. Beta blockers are also often used in treating heart conditions. By slowing the heart rate, beta blockers can reduce the need for oxygen, which may be in short supply due to restricted blood flow. This is accomplished by blocking adrenaline, the heart-rate raising hormone that is released in response to stress to aid the body in either fight or flight.

While listening to the advice of medical professionals is essential, everyone can take a more active role in maintaining heart health. Proper diet and exercise are a great way to keep your heart going strong. Limiting the consumption of saturated and trans fats can reduce cholesterol, which limits the risk of heart disease. Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure by making your heart stronger. This means it will not have to work as hard to pump, lowering pressure on the arteries.

Our team at Centers is dedicated to ensuring all of our residents are heart healthy. Our nutritionists work tirelessly to tailor diets to meet the nutritional needs of the whole body. They work in conjunction with our rehab centers which meet the physical needs of the body. With hard work, patience, and a whole lot of heart, we can achieve amazing results.

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