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Cardiovascular Care: Managing a Heart Condition

Posted by Brian Shevel on 10 December 2013

Having a heart attack, undergoing cardiovascular surgery, or managing a cardiovascular condition are all life-changing events that require major lifestyle changes, which can be a challenge for both patients and family members.

However, at Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, the GTA's top provider of in-home health care, we want clients to know there are ways to make caring for loved ones with a cardiovascular condition easier. Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region also offers a variety of valuable resources to anyone who needs to care for a loved one that has had a heart attack or suffers from a cardiovascular condition.

Our highly trained staff are experts in caring for patients who have had heart attacks or have cardiovascular conditions. You can also take the following steps in caring for yourself or a loved one.

Your Living Environment: We recommend that cardiovascular patients put as little strain on themselves as possible. One option is moving to the first floor of the home so they have easy access to the kitchen and other facilities.

Pay Attention to Weight: It is recommended that cardiovascular patients keep an eye on their weight. Five pounds over or under their current weight is fine, but if there's a sudden weight gain or loss, call the doctor.

Manage Your Medication: Cardiovascular patients are prescribed a number of medications, including diuretics that flush excess fluid out of the system, resulting in frequent trips to the washroom. For uninterrupted sleep, take diuretics in the morning.

Improve Your Lifestyle: Take the necessary steps to live better, including quitting smoking, managing blood pressure, improving your diet, and engaging in regular exercise.

Ask For Help: Patients with a cardiovascular condition or who have suffered from a heart attack may not be able to perform the tasks they used to be able to, such as housework and caring for themselves. A home care worker is an option that allows them to stay at home without placing a burden on their family.

Also, remember to see your cardiologist every three months. Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region recommends that cardiovascular patients keep these appointments. Use their cardiologist's expertise to your advantage, write down any questions that you may have, and do not hesitate to let them know if you feel anything is wrong.

If your cardiologist has any recommendations, be sure to communicate them to your family or caregivers or, when possible, have them accompany you to your appointment.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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