Cardiovascular Health Case Study

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Homecare – Maintaining Cardiovascular Health

According to the World Health Organization, "cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause." The worst part about this: Most cardiovascular diseases could have been prevented by simply addressing behavioral risk factors.

The heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. The arteries take the blood away from the heart and the veins bring it back to it, completing the circuit. This process is what brings oxygen, nutrients, and protection to the body 's cells. It is also the process that takes waste materials from the cells to be removed from the body. If the cardiovascular (cardio – heart, vascular –
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The chemical is tobacco smoke are highly damaging to the heart and blood vessels. Smoking is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Homecare assistants can help your senior loved one stick to a smoking cessation program through social support, keeping them occupied with alternative activities, keeping healthy snacks on hand to replace the oral fixation component of smoking, and so forth. They can also help with the transportation to and from smoking cessation classes. Mayo notes that the risk of coronary heart disease "significantly reduces one year after quitting smoking....[the] risk of coronary heart disease drops almost to that of a nonsmoker in about 15 …show more content…
Recent research has shown that the time can be broken down into segments as small as 10-15 minutes a couple of times a day.

Many seniors are afraid to exercise for fear of falling or getting hurt. Homecare personnel help alleviate those fears and greatly increase the chances that your senior loved one will regularly participate in aerobic and strength training exercises. Beyond safety, it is simply more fun to work out when you have somebody to talk to, bring encouragement, and offer physical and emotional support.

The third main component in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system is a healthy diet. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. This means replacing these foods with those high in fiber and Omega- 3 fatty acids. This can be done through increasing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cold water, oily fish such as salmon, herring, and tuna. A good goal is to limit saturated fat to 5 or 6 percent of your calories and avoid trans fat completely by staying away from anything containing the words hydrogenated and partially

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