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Dudley’s Home Health Care blog that focuses on senior care, elder care, caring for aging parents, respite care, caregiver tips, RN’s, CNA’s, VA, Medicaid and more.

“Heart Attack – Know the Warning Signs”

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Source/Credit: www.iamproheart.com

The way you live each day affects your heart. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Making lifestyle changes now and being educated on this disease could save your life.

On average someone who suffers from a heart attack arrives at the hospital almost 5 hours after the onset of symptoms. Symptoms of a heart attack are often mistaken with stress or the flu. This is why it is so important to know the early warning signs of a heart attack and what to do if you experience them.

Common Early Warning Signs

Knowing these common warning signs of a heart attack could help save your life:

  • Chest pressure, tightness and heaviness
  • Pain in shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Paleness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain

Take Action

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Then, chew or crush and swallow an aspirin as directed by a doctor. Taking aspirin immediately at the onset of heart attack symptoms may prevent the formation of additional small blood clots blocking blood flow through clogged arteries. If that happens, heart muscle damage may be prevented or delayed, which can buy you time to get to the Hospital.

Never make excuses for heart attack symptoms or shrug them off as simply “indigestion.” Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, don’t hesitate to get help. The actions you take within the first hours after a heart attack could save your life so never feel like you’re creating a false alarm.

Dudley's Home Health Care hopes you never need this information, but thinks everyone should be prepared. 

“Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week”

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Source/Credit: http://www.tchin.org/

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness Week is February 7-14, 2013.

Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth defect related deaths worldwide.

Despite the fact that CHD affects approximately 1.8 million families in the U.S., a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.

By sharing our experiences and providing information, we hope to raise public awareness about conditions that affect approximately 40,000 babies each year in the United States alone.

It is our sincere hope that efforts to educate the public will result in improved early diagnosis, additional funding for support and educational services, scientific research, and access to quality of care for our children and adults.

For more information on this disease and to find out how you can help click here.


New Year’s Resolutions

Dudley's Home Healthcare - Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Year, New You! Starting the year off right with small changes to your lifestyle can make a really big difference. Staying active is the key to feeling better and living longer! So, if your senior loved one is not getting enough exercise then make it a resolution this year to help them become more active! Visit MedLine Plus and NIH to check out their great article on Exercise for Seniors by Clicking Here

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