February is National Heart Month and they want to bring awareness to special programs Interim Healthcare has for patients with Chronic Coronary Disease. Their mission is to take a proactive approach to Coronary Disease to avoid unnecessary doctor and hospital visits.
One tool they use is their Telemonitor which monitors vital signs 7 days a week. They will demonstrate how the telemonitor is used in the home of a patient. It monitors blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen concentration and weight. The machine also asks questions which the patient can answer by pressing a yes or no button.
February is National Heart Month so it is important to note that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. More than 26 million adults in the U.S. suffer from heart disease. Roughly 670,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure every year.
Heart disease includes:
· Coronary Heart Disease which is the common name for the build-up of plaque in the arteries that feed blood to the heart. This build-up can block the arteries and result in a heart attack. This can also cause some heart muscle to die from lack of blood and oxygen.
· Congestive Heart Failure which is the condition in which your heart doesn’t pump blood effectively. This can cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs or in veins in your legs, kidneys or stomach.
· High Blood Pressure of Hypertension which causes damage to arteries or vital organs when the pressure is too high.
Heart attack warning signs include:
· Chest Discomfort which can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
· Discomfort in Other Upper Body areas such as in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
· Shortness of Breath with or without chest pain.
· Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Managing the risk factors can reduce the chance of heart disease. Risk factors include:
· Controlling Blood Pressure. This may be accomplished through medication, exercising regularly, and eating right.
· Managing Cholesterol. Watching one’s diet is key to managing cholesterol.
· Watching Blood Glucose, also known as blood sugar
Ways to lower the risk of heart disease can include:
· Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day, most days of the week
· Maintain a healthy weight
· Don’t smoke
· Eat a diet low in saturated fat and salt
· Take prescribed medications appropriately
· Manage high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes
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