February is National Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Although heart disease can be managed, it is an irreversible and incurable disease. Heart disease can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life. As one’s physical ability and stamina declines it can lead to decreased activity and socialization. Such changes can lead to feelings of worthlessness, isolation, anger, and depression.
Friends and family can support a loved one with heart disease by educating themselves about the disease and being sensitive to their loved one’s feelings and physical abilities. Individuals with heart disease can lead healthy and fulfilling lives by following the doctor’s orders, and surrounding themselves with positive, caring, and supportive people.
Are you caring for someone with heart disease? What are some lessons you have learned along the way?
To learn more about heart disease prevention, treatment and support, contact: The American Heart Association, 1-800-242-8721, www.heart.org; CDC, 800-232-4636, www.cdc.gov; and Mended Hearts,1-888-432-7899, www.mendedhearts.org
Monica Micklos works as Director of Seabury Care Management. Care managers work with older adults on an individual basis to advise them on a variety of issues and services; such as home care, transportation, medical/legal assistance, and housing. Families are put at ease having a knowledgeable guide to provide recommendations and resources to meet their unique needs. This expertise can save families money and reduce stress and time away from work. Monica can be reached at (202) 364-0013 or via email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.