In many cases, signs of heart complications such as distress and heart attacks can be overlooked. In addition to maintaining health, it's important to keep stress levels at a manageable level. When mom or dad needs help, it is often the adult child or children that step in to help. While having loved ones around for both assistance and emotional support can be comforting for seniors, there are health risks that may come with a care giving role. Both the caregiver and elderly care recipient are at increased risk of heart distress.
Symptoms of Heart Distress
If you are the primary caregiver for someone in your family, there are some symptoms to watch for in yourself as well as your elderly care recipient:
- Tight chest pain in the center of the chest
- Upper body pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweats
- Vomiting or nausea
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Increased heart rate with no cause
Hidden Heart Attack Symptoms
There are several symptoms that women commonly report during a heart attack that are often overlooked. These symptoms may include pressure or tightness in the shoulders, neck, and jaw. Instead of pressure or tightness, the pain is sometimes described as burning, tingling, or fullness in those areas as well. Sleep disturbances and unusual fatigue in the days or weeks leading up to a heart attack are also common.
Heart Distress Risks
Certain factors may put you or your loved one at higher risk for heart distress. Having high cholesterol is a huge risk factor, so it is important to watch what you eat and limit foods that are high in animal fats.
Smoking cigarettes can cause blood pressure to skyrocket and contribute to other health conditions, including deteriorating heart health. Obesity is a risk factor, so controlling weight and exercising regularly is important. Stress is also a contributing factor, so taking time out to relax and breathe may just save your life and health.
Reacting to Symptoms
If heart distress symptoms continue for five minutes or more, it is very important to contact emergency assistance. Call 9-1-1 if you notice these symptoms and get the appropriate help. It is important for you to take care of yourself as well as your loved one.
Having assistance from a professional caregiver can ease your stress, improving your health as well as providing optimal care for your loved one. ComForCare caregivers have extensive training in many conditions affecting the elderly. We can help you take care of your loved one, so that you can take care of yourself as well.