Heart disease is one of the biggest concerns for Americans, especially older adults. Some conditions, however, can also affect children and teenagers, such as hypertension.
Here’s a look at what hypertension is and what support is available to those living with it.
What is hypertension?
Also known as HBP or high blood pressure, hypertension is a common but serious condition prevalent among older adults. Nearly one in two American adults has hypertension.
While there is no cure for hypertension, there are ways to manage it to help avoid secondary conditions and improve quality of life. If left untreated, however, it can raise the risk of conditions like:
- Heart attacks
- Coronary disease
- Heart failure
- Vascular dementia
- Vision loss
- Kidney failure
- Shortness of breath
How can home care services help with hypertension?
Managing high blood pressure at home often involves lifestyle changes that can be hard to implement alone. That means having a home care professional to guide blood pressure basics can be the first step in the right direction.
Managing diet and exercise and being aware of the warning signs are also important. A PCA can advise on a healthy diet and encourage the recipient of care to get up and move, even accompanying them on walks or to exercise classes. Avoiding foods high in fat and salt is a great starting point, but changing how and what you eat is far easier when someone else takes charge.
Moreover, a PCA will know to watch for the early signs of a stroke or heart attack and be on hand to call 911 if needed.
PCAs can also ensure that medication is taken on time for those with ongoing heart conditions requiring medication to keep any dangerous diseases at bay.
Connect with Best Care
If you need further advice on how a PCA can help with hypertension, don’t hesitate to reach out! The team at Best Care is here to help.