February is American Heart Month, and the best way to celebrate is to educate ourselves more on the risk factors and elements that harm our heart health. One such risk is hypertensive heart disease.
Today, we at Gentle Care Nursing Service, Inc. Home Health Care Agency are going to talk about what causes hypertensive heart disease as well as its risk factors and possible treatments.
Atherosclerosis—also referred to as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease—is a condition that involves a build-up of plaques that form deposits in the wall of the artery. This buildup can eventually constrict the artery and reduce blood flow. When this happens in the heart, the subsequent shortage of adequate blood flow and oxygen can lead to a heart attack.
Although there often are no symptoms for atherosclerosis, our caregivers in Pennsylvania can watch out for the following signs:
- Chest pain
- Pain, cramping, or muscle weakness
- Confusion and weakness
There is no existing cure for atherosclerosis, but several options are available to help deter the progress of the disease. Such as:
- Taking cholesterol-lowering medications
- Antihypertensive therapy
- Making healthier lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating a healthier diet, and exercising regularly
Our home health care agency dedicates to providing our patients with the best quality home healthcare; this is to ensure they maintain optimal health and safety during their treatment at home.