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Understanding Heart Disease & How to Avoid It

High blood pressure is  dangerous for a number of reasons, one of which is its association with heart disease.

Hypertensive heart disease has claimed countless lives as a result of high blood pressure, so knowing how to keep your blood pressure low is of the utmost importance. Oftentimes, high blood pressure shows no symptoms, making it difficult to address immediately. Speak with a doctor if you have any reason to believe you have high blood pressure. In addition to eating healthier and exercising more, your doctor can prescribe medication that helps lower your blood pressure.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is an infection of your heart’s blood vessels. As these blood vessels become blocked, nutrients and oxygen have a harder time of reaching the heart, which can cause a heart attack. One in every four deaths in the United States is a result of heart disease, making it the biggest killer of both men and women.

Heart disease is one of many cardiovascular diseases that can inhibit your heart and blood vessels from functioning properly. Contrary to popular belief, a heart disease diagnosis is permanent, as there is no cure for it. That being said, changing your lifestyle and treating your body properly can decrease your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Consult with your doctor to learn how to stop heart disease from forming in the first place.

What is High Blood Pressure?

When you have high blood pressure, it means your blood is pushing on the walls of your blood vessels with too much force. Your blood vessels are responsible for carrying blood to and from the heart, so when they become damaged, your heart has to work harder. As your artery tissues begin to deteriorate over time due to the high blood pressure, your heart can degrade in efficiency and potentially give out.

Similar to heart disease, high blood pressure is also hard to detect in its early stages. In any case, it’s better to be safe than sorry and have your blood pressure checked by your doctor. Healthy lifestyle choices and the right treatment can help you learn to live with high blood pressure and manage it.

Symptoms & Health Risks

Heart disease and high blood pressure are two silent killers that are often left undiagnosed until a serious or fatal incident. The only way to be sure whether or not you’re in good health is to work with a healthcare professional. While both of these conditions are hard to spot, there are some warning signs that you should look out for to ensure your well-being.

High blood pressure makes it harder for your heart to pump blood throughout your body. The effects of high blood pressure can cause a number of problems that are detrimental to your overall health. Symptoms of high blood pressure include:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness
  • Throbbing headaches
  • Vision impairment

 

Heart disease can often develop as a result of high blood pressure and can cause serious damage to your respiratory and circulatory systems. The most common symptom associated with heart disease is intense chest pain, known as angina. In addition to angina, other symptoms of heart disease include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Discomfort in the jaw, neck and/or throat
  • Feeling faint or weak
  • Difficulty breathing

 

The health risks associated with both heart disease and high blood pressure should be taken seriously, as living a long and healthy life requires you to make the right choices at the right time

For some people, the onset of these conditions is due to their genetic makeup, since one’s race, gender, and family history can all contribute to developing heart disease and high blood pressure.

Individuals that use tobacco and drink alcohol often are also more likely to have hypertension. A lack of exercise can exert too much pressure on your arterial walls, as can unhealthy eating habits. So, while you may be more prone to having heart disease or high blood pressure, you can diminish their effects by making healthy lifestyle choices and tackling your condition head on.

Food & Diet

What you eat on a day-to-day basis largely impacts your body and heart’s overall health. A diet that includes many vitamins and minerals (while avoiding food with high fat and/or cholesterol) greatly reduces the likelihood of heart disease or high blood pressure developing. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains all provide your body with the quality nutrients it needs to function properly. Processed foods usually contain a higher level of sodium than your body requires, so try and stick to natural foods or find low-sodium alternatives.

Red wine has been known to increase levels of “good” cholesterol that can prevent your blood vessels from clogging. While the antioxidants in wine may benefit the health of the heart, it’s still an alcohol, which can cause severe problems if handled improperly. A glass of wine with dinner can aid the effectiveness of your heart, but always drink in moderation, as too much alcohol can cause short-term and long-term risks for your health.

 

 

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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