smallphoto2For many Americans, the heart is a vital organ that is rarely thought about until something goes awry. Heart disease is the top killer in our country, and there are multiple causes for this scary statistic. Elderly citizens are more prone to heart issues, especially after illness or a medical operation. Suma Home Care works to prevent these issues with a comprehensive cardiac management program. Our top priority is to provide advanced home care for patients in need in order to promote healthy and independent living. With a special attention to detail and focus on our patients’ unique needs, Suma aims to be your Top Rated Local® home care specialist. If you are in need of non-skilled or skilled nursing in Philadelphia County or the surrounding area, we can help!

Our skilled nursing team is here to provide quality services to Pennsylvania, but that doesn’t mean we are looking for patients. If you can utilize the following healthy habits for optimal heart health and not require advanced home care, we’d be happy with that!

Reduce Stress

When you start to stress out, the body reacts by releasing elevated levels of cortisol and adrenaline. While these two hormones are very handy for a number of reasons, continual exposure can be harmful. Stress also equates to higher blood pressure levels, putting additional strain on any pre-existing issues. Beyond physiological complications, studies have revealed the people make less wise decisions when under extreme stress. From unhealthy eating to staying up late to drinking excess alcohol, the combined effort can do much to worsen you for the wear. There is a plethora of options to choose from for reducing your stress levels, so it’s a matter of finding which method speaks to you the most. What’s important here is to avoid long-term stress issues, giving your heart the ability to operate smoothly.

smallphoto1Weight Control

Obesity has been the cause of much concern in the healthcare community. Being overweight can lead to a number of health issues with the heart being a top target. Being obese can be the cause of improper cholesterol levels, high blood pressure levels, and a higher risk of diabetes. The strain put on your heart on a daily basis adds up, and those who are predisposed to other heart complications are especially at risk. People who are overweight should have weight loss as one of the top subjects on their to-do list. Coincidentally, our last blog focused on eating right and exercising for improved heart health. These two actions will do much to help with any weight loss plan. We recommend speaking to a dietician in order to tailor a program to your body and metabolism.

smallphoto3Diabetes Care

As we age, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. Genetic and environmental influences both factor heavily into these risks. If a person has diabetes and does not know about it or control it, the elevated blood sugar levels can wreak havoc on the body. While many organs (eyes, liver, skin) are damaged by uncontrolled levels, the heart is especially at risk. Damage to the nerves and blood vessels can add up over time, highly increasing the risk of serious heart complications. Suma recommends undergoing regular testing to make sure your insulin and glucose levels are normal, and if you are diabetic, maintaining proper diabetes management.

Unhealthy Habits

Many of us are guilty of holding onto an unhealthy pleasure, whether it be chocolate ice cream or smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, these unhealthy habits are causing great harm to the heart. Smoking cigarettes is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Studies have stated that smokers who quit will halve their chance of dying from heart disease after one year! If you are smoking, quitting will be the biggest and most beneficial to your heart health in the long run. Alcohol consumption also plays a major role in heart health. Prolonged levels of drinking are associated with higher blood pressure levels and weaker heart muscles. Cardiomyopathy is a common affliction for alcoholics, where the weakened heart cannot pump blood as well as it could before. This diagnosis equates to a much higher risk of heart failure. In moderation, alcohol can be perfectly acceptable. In fact, one glass of red wine can actually improve your heart’s health.

Taking care of your heart can pay in spades over the course of your life. Getting into the habit of healthy heart care will pay off greatly over continuing any unhealthy habits. Heart disease is a top killer in this country, and much of the health issues that arise can be prevented. When it comes to proper cardiac management, our professional team has the experience and know-how to offer the best services possible for our patients. We provide a wide range of skilled nursing services to Philadelphia County and the surrounding areas, from fall prevention assistance to wound care management. If you are in need of any nursing assistance for you or a loved one, feel free to contact us today to learn more about our top-notch services!