Expert Opinion on Study Showing "Sudden" Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs
According to a new study, the notion that cardiac arrest attacks come out of the blue may be a fallacy. In fact, the researchers found that the majority of victims reported symptoms of an approaching "sudden" cardiac arrest at least a month before the emergency. Some of the early warning signs included chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, faintness, and heart palpitations. (Source: Gray, B.B., "Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs," WebMD.com, November 19, 2013; read more.)
Quoting the most recent data from Statistics Canada, Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region points out that heart disease is the second leading cause of death in this country, accounting for more than 20% of all deaths; together, heart disease and stroke account for more than a quarter (26.6%) of all deaths in the country. On top of that, cardiovascular disease costs Canada's health system billions of dollars each year, and also accounts for billions of dollars in lost productivity. (Source: "Ranking and number of deaths for the 10 leading causes, Canada, 2000 and 2009," Statistics Canada web site; link; last accessed October 3, 2013.)"Undergoing cardiac surgery or managing a chronic cardiovascular condition can be a trying experience. That's because a cardiovascular condition weakens the entire body and forces patients to adapt to a new lifestyle and routine," says Lester Fix, executive vice president of Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region. "In spite of the fact that the cardiac rehabilitation process can be difficult, it is critical in helping patients resume normal activities and enjoy a high quality of life."
While many may believe the best cardiac rehabilitation results are achieved in a hospital or rehabilitation centre, Fix explains, the most recently published research suggests in-home care rehabilitation for those with chronic heart failure may be just as successful as centre-based rehabilitation. The research found that, if anything, non-medical, in-home-based cardiac rehabilitation offered many advantages. (Source: Gorodeski, E.Z., "Home-based care for heart failure: Cleveland Clinic's 'Heart Care at Home' transitional care program," CCJM 2013; eS20 eS26; link.)"Not only does in-home cardiac rehabilitation carry all the benefits of a hospital or centre-based rehabilitation setting, but evidence also suggests that those who received and practice cardiac rehabilitation at home are more likely to participate in and adhere to their rehabilitation programme," Fix adds. "It goes to reason, too, that in-home cardiac rehabilitation is an attractive alternative to not participating in cardiac rehabilitation at all, meaning more and more patients can benefit from non-medical, in-home senior cardiac rehabilitation."
Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region provides comprehensive non-medical, in-home cardiac rehabilitation services. A Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region caregiver can help clients commit to healthy nutrition and regular physical activity. In addition, they provide support with personal activities, including bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, and eating, as well as household activities, meal preparation, and transportation.Serving Toronto, North York, York Region: Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Newmarket, Unionville, the Township of King, Aurora, Woodbridge, Keswick, and Stouffville, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides older adults with high-quality consistent care, helping them live happier, healthier lives in the comfort of their home. In an effort to fully address its mobile and homebound clients' lifestyle needs, Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region provides both hourly home care and live-in home care. On top of that, Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that it doesn't require a long-term contract.
To learn more about Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region, visit the company's web site at www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com or call H Home Care Assistance Toronto / York Region at 1-905-597-5825.