Heart disease is among the most common health problems for seniors. The American Heart Association estimates that more than 42 million American adults over age 60 suffer from cardiovascular disease; more than 70 percent of men and women ages 60 to 79 are living with it, and an even higher percentage of seniors over age 80 have it, too.
Managing heart disease is not easy, yet more seniors than ever are struggling to live independently with it. Your health is important not only to you, but also to your loved ones, so it’s important to have ways to live a full and independent life while also having access to help whenever you need it.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Heart disease can lead to a heart attack. Heart attacks can come on quickly, like what people see in movies, but they can also come on slowly, with telltale signs preceding them. There are a number of symptoms that, when taken together, can indicate a heart attack. Symptoms may include chest or upper-body pain, stomach pain or nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and sweating accompanied by cold or clammy skin. Experiencing these symptoms without chest pain is more likely for women than for men.
If you experience some of the early symptoms of a heart attack, do not try to tough it out or walk it off. Call 911 or see a doctor immediately.
Why Medical Alert Systems?
Why should you consider a medical alert system? It can help you continue to live independently and enable you to access a Response Associate to help in contacting emergency responders that could save your life.
Without a medical alert system, you may not have easy access to the phone to call for help should an emergency arise. That is where an alert device comes in. If the worst does happen, a Response Associate will be contacted at the push of a button and emergency responders will be contacted.
For seniors with heart disease, there’s an extra risk to living alone. You may not recognize the warning signs of a heart attack, and if you suffer an attack while you’re alone, you may not make it to the phone fast enough to call 911. Some medical alert devices can sense drastic changes, such as a fall, and call for help for you automatically.
When you have a heart attack, you need to get help fast. The quicker emergency responders reach you, the more likely you are to beat the heart attack. Medical alert systems can contact the right people right away to get you the life-saving care you need in an emergency.
Finally, just establishing an emergency plan for your health care can make a big difference. When you set up a plan with a medical alert system provider, you should also spend some time making important decisions about your health and well-being.