Caregiver Awareness: Bringing Special Focus to Women’s Heart Health

Caregivers in Schaumburg, IL

Caregivers-in-Schaumburg-ILAs a family caregiver for your elderly loved ones, focusing on health awareness and educating yourself on the things you can do to help keep your seniors as healthy, comfortable, and active as possible throughout their aging years is one of your most important responsibilities. Focusing in on the particular risks that your aging loved ones may face and doing what you can to ease those risks or manage the health conditions as they arise can help them to live healthier and enjoy the active, engaged lifestyle that they deserve.

One issue that you should pay close attention to throughout your caregiver journey is women’s heart health. While many people immediately think of middle aged, often overweight men when they think of heart disease and heart attacks, women are actually more likely to experience heart disease and receive worse prognoses after diagnosis than men. This means that paying attention to your aging mother’s heart health is vital in making sure that she stays as healthy as possible throughout her aging years.

Some things that you should know regarding women’s heart health include:

• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, claiming more lives each year than breast cancer and the next five ranked causes of death combined

• Women are more likely than men to downplay the severity of their disease, even after they receive a diagnosis and take into consideration the other health concerns that come into play in terms of their future health. Because they are naturally caregivers, women are less likely to seek out help when it comes to their hearts

• Women generally do not experience the same types of symptoms of heart disease or heart attack that men do. In fact, a heart attack may go completely unnoticed due to the “silent” symptoms. In many cases, women experience only a tightening or heaviness in the chest

• The squeezing feeling that women experience in their chests is called angina, and is caused by the hardening of the arteries, which reduces blood flow to the heart, straining it and forcing it to work harder

• Other common symptoms for women include abdominal pain, which they often overlook, mistaking it for indigestion, or shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness that they may think is just the result of being tired or exerting themselves

Risk factors for heart disease that go beyond just being a woman include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
    Family history
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure that is not well managed
  • Being overweight or obese

Encouraging your mother to eat a healthy diet, maintain an active lifestyle, and keep up with her regular health exams and screenings are important steps to protecting her from the development of heart disease, or the worsening of the disease once it develops. Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to find out more about women’s heart health and get information about hiring a home care provider to help you give your mother the care and assistance she needs to stay healthy.

The caregivers at Smile and Love, LLC. are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. Smile and Love, LLC. is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable caregivers in Schaumburg, IL and the surrounding areas. Call (847) 380-7378 for more information.