The hearts of February are not only for Valentine’s Day. Celebrating February as National Heart Month in the U.S. reaches back to a proclamation by then-president Lyndon B. Johnson. In December 1963, LBJ named February 1964 as the first American Heart Month.
Living With Heart DiseaseMore and more people are learning to live with heart disease. Also, advancements in treatment of stroke have increased those survival rates. The American Heart Association’s Living With Heart Disease online resource covers topics ranging from using Tai Chi as part of a stroke rehabilitation plan, to talking to your children about heart disease. Articles address everything from caring for a person with heart disease, to sex after diagnosis. Three keys to living well with a heart disease diagnosis are:
- Following your doctor’s advice
- Making positive lifestyle and dietary changes
- Getting the physical and emotional support you need
- Total cholesterol
- HDL (good) cholesterol
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Body mass index (BMI)
Peace of Mind
Medical alert devices can be vital for older adults at risk for heart disease. At the first sign of a medical emergency, such a device can be used to immediately contact highly-trained agents, who can assess the situation and dispatch help to the person in need. Recent years have seen leaps and bounds of growth for medical alert systems, so in a modern device you will want to look for lightweight and comfortable devices, many ways to carry or wear, waterproof devices and accessories, and robust communication capabilities.Lively Mobile, is the most affordable mobile medical alert service. A press of the button on the medical alert device will initiate a call to IAED (International Academies of Emergency Dispatch) Certified 5Star Agents who will confirm the user’s location, evaluate the situation, and call for any needed assistance.There’s no limit on how many times you can push the button, and it can even be used in non emergency situations.
The Lively Mobile medical alert device is small enough to wear everywhere, requires no mandatory long-term contracts, and is waterproof. Devices like the Lively Mobile can be worn every day and provide peace of mind that, as soon as there are any signs of a cardiovascular emergency, help is a button-push away.
Getting the Support You NeedFinally, whether you are living with heart disease, or caring for someone who is living with heart disease, it’s important to know that you are not alone. The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association Support Network offers online communities specific to heart disease, stroke, pediatric stroke, congenital heart disease, chronic heart conditions, and rehab and recovery. Also, be sure to check out their designated caregiver community. These online communities provide an opportunity to share your stories of living with heart disease or stroke. You can also ask questions of others who’ve faced what you’re facing, and to receive emotional support—which is such an important aspect of living with heart disease. Comprehensive resources for caregivers include tips on physical activity and nutrition, self-check plans, worksheets, and FAQs. Additionally, there is advice on communicating with healthcare professionals, guidance for understanding how people change after a diagnosis or incident, and concrete steps for supporting both the patient and the caregiver.
So join us in spreading the word this February—and become better informed—for yourself and for those you love.
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