Discover how 24 Home Care is delivering S.A.F.E.R. care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Click to learn more

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.



24 Hour Home Care IS THE LEADER


Watch How We Have Impacted Lives for 10 Years

Client Reviews

24 Hour Home Care review summary

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: Cydney
Cydney 2020-05-26 via Google
24 Hour Home Care offers excellent assistance to people in need of a caregiver. They train their staff well and provide a service of care for seniors, accident victims and those recovering from illness and gives the families peace of mind knowing that their loved one is cared for. I highly recommend this company.
Reviewer: Michelle Martin Del
Michelle Martin Del 2020-05-26 via Google
My experience as a professional Caregiver has been a wonderful experience the staff is very friendly and very helpful. Thank you!
Reviewer: Michael
Michael 2020-04-29 via Google
My wife was hospitalized for over three weeks. When she was discharged from the hospital I needed help at home. I called 24 Hour Home Care on a Saturday and by Monday I had an excellent caregiver helping out. They provided a caregiver for two weeks while my wife was recuperating. I couldn’t have done it without them. They are a great company with excellent people. I recommend them highly.
Reviewer: Monique
Monique 2020-04-13 via Google
Working for a company that is so willing to improve! Makes for a long-lasting employment relationship🥰
Reviewer: Sylvia
Sylvia 2020-04-13 via Google
24-hour care keeps me working I get to care for the elderly which is very rewarding for me.

The Most Trusted Caregivers

The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our Caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry’s best caretakers so that have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our Caregivers through nation-wide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our Caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one’s home and well-being with our company, things we take more than just seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our Caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!

Find Nearest Office

(800) 522-1516

Reach out to your local 24 Hour Home Care® representative to receive a free in-home consultation today!

So that you and your loved one can experience the 24 Hour Home Care® difference!