Heart is the most basic and most vital organ for a human body. Heart diseases ranks number one among non-infectious diseases that turn fatal worldwide.
Old age is usually termed as a hub for diseases. Though heart diseases has even became quite common among younger people, disease at older age is quite unpleasant. Senior citizens with heart problem must take good care of themselves. We will look in to how to take care of seniors with heart diseases.
Blocks happen when fats get deposited in the arteries that carries blood to heart. This leads to disturbance in blood circulation leading to heart attack. It has become quite to common to notice heart attacks in senior citizens. So its quite important to know symptoms and available treatments for heart attack.
Things to do for people with heart diseases
- Regular tests needs to be conducted for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and its also necessary to keep these diseases under control.
- Taking regular walking sessions for at least 5 days a week is essential. Seniors must take a walk for at least 30 minutes a day. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential.
- Night’s sleep must last for 8 hours. They can sleep and take rest for about 1 hour after taking lunch in the noon.
- Food stuffs rich in fat content must be avoided at all cost. Consuming fibre rich foods is advisable. For people with diabetes its better to consume fruits as per doctor’s advice.
Things not to do for seniors with heart diseases
lifting or moving heavy objects must be strictly avoided. Its best to reduce or minimise works that involves closing of fist, for example riding a motor bike, washing the cloths, watering plants, driving a car, these activities increases stress in heart. Works that involves bending down must be avoided. Similarly its good to take bath by sitting down.
What to do when there is a sudden heart pain?
Pain that happens in heart region could be an ordinary one and sometimes it could be heart attack. If its an ordinary pain, its usually in the bearable zone. Unbearable pain is usually due to heart attack.
There will be excess sweating while heart attack. It will create restlessness. Normally heart patients who regularly visit a doctor will have pills for emergency, taking those pills or tablets will be helpful, but its just a first aid. Its essential to visit a Doctor immediately after taking the pill.
Sometimes heart functioning will stop all together, meaning they would lie breathless. This is termed as cardiac arrest. Its really hard to recover a person from cardiac arrest. Its better to take the person to a hospital immediately instead of giving them first aid.
Seniors usually have low immunity, so its necessary to protect them infections. Consuming foods that will increase immunity such as ginger, garlic, pepper, mint leaves, curry leaves, green tea, green vegetables and fruits really helps a lot.