Heart attacks can be dangerous and terrifying. These medical emergencies occur in over 735,000 people throughout the United States each year, and thousands will die as a result. As a family caregiver, you should know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women, with more than 25 percent of deaths in the country being associated with heart disease.
There are many important steps you can take to protect your senior from this danger, but one of the most important is understanding the warning signs. Being able to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack can ensure your senior gets the medical care they need to get proper medical treatment and overcome it in the best way possible.
Warning signs of a heart attack include:
- Pressure or tightness in the chest, arms, or neck
- Pain or aching in the chest, arms, or neck
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Sudden dizziness
It is important to note that these symptoms do not occur in all heart attack situations and other symptoms can occur. They can also indicate other health issues. This makes it very important to be vigilant about your senior’s health and well-being, and ensure they get medical attention if they begin showing these symptoms.
Prompt medical attention is key to getting your parent effective treatment and giving them the best chances of minimizing the damage and helping their health. Note that women may show other signs, including flu-like symptoms, but can still experience the classic feelings of chest pain and tightness in the chest, arms, and neck.
Starting home health care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions you make as their family caregiver. Whether your senior has extensive care needs or may only need occasional support, a home health care services provider can offer a highly personalized set of services tailored specifically to them and their needs and limitations.
These services are designed to help your parent cope with their challenges in the ways that are right for a while promoting health, safety, independence, and quality of life. As their family caregiver, this can help you to feel more at ease and experience less stress throughout this journey with them.