February is American Heart Month and our in home respite care team is raising awareness of what this month is all about, what you can do to participate, and why it’s so important!
Why American Heart Month Matters
Heart disease is the leading cause of all deaths in the USA, accounting for one in every four fatalities. It can strike at any age, whether you are a young adult or a senior citizen. Although this sounds scary, there is good news — heart disease is preventable! By making healthier choices and managing health conditions properly, you can significantly reduce risk, saving and extending your lifespan.
What Causes Heart Disease?
Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, lack of physical activity and high alcohol intake are all lifestyle factors that increase your risk of heart disease. It is also important to take action if you are diabetic, have a family history of heart disease, or are older, as these also put you at risk.
What Can I Do to Support American Heart Month and My Heart Health?
Have an annual health check-up that includes blood pressure and cholesterol level screenings.
- If you have any of the above risk factors, speak to your doctor about developing a health strategy, including quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, starting a healthy diet and including exercise in your daily routine.
- Take up an exercise you love. While you do not have to run a marathon, there are plenty of great ways to get your heart pumping. Dancing, walking, water aerobics, and yoga are exercises you can enjoy at any age.
- Relax more. Stress and anxiety have a negative impact on your heart health, so find something that promotes calm and relaxation, like meditation, birdwatching, nature walks, or crafts.
Wellbeing Comes First with Expert In Home Respite Care
Whether you need residential in-home respite care in NJ or need someone qualified and experienced to assist your loved one on a more permanent basis, we are here to help through our HomeWorks program. Our staff is fully certified in New Jersey, so please feel free to ask for formal certification and references.
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