Living with Heart Disease

What is heart disease?

            Heart disease can come in many different forms. It can arise because of blockage, heart defects, or arrhythmias. In many cases, disease arises due to the build-up of plaque in one’s arteries. This constricts blood flow and can make it difficult for it to pump properly thought the heart and vessels. People with heart disease tend to be at risk for things such as stroke, heart attack, aneurysms, and even cardiac arrest. It is important to be aware of these things, but also aware of the fact that lifestyle changes can be great preventatives. Simply eating healthy foods and staying active can help to prevent these things from happening once diagnosed with heart disease. Depending on the type of heart disease you have, your symptoms may vary. However, below you will find the most common signs of heart disease.

Common Signs of Heart Disease     

  • Frequent or persistent chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or numbness in limbs
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Swelling of legs, ankles, or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting

Your Role as a Carer

Caring for someone who has heart disease can be challenging, especially at first. Getting a diagnosis of some form of heart disease can be scary, so simply talking about your feelings and your loved one’s feelings about it can be beneficial. Depression is fairly common amongst those with heart disease, so being aware of this can also be beneficial for you in your caring role. Be sure to look out for signs of depression, which you can learn more about by clicking here.

It is very common that those with heart disease will require help with medications, getting to appointments, and doing things around the house. These tasks can sometimes be a bit overwhelming when you have things that you need to do outside of your caring role. It can sometimes be helpful to make some form some kind of schedule. This will allow you to be able to see all of the things you need to do each day for both you and your loved one.

At the same time, though, doing all of these things can be draining and have a negative effect on your emotional wellbeing, which can even eventually impact your physical health. Taking time away from your caring role, talking to other carers who may be in a similar situation, and getting the proper help can make a huge difference in both you and your loved one’s life. As a carer, there is a lot of support out there that can help you to care for the person you love while getting the help you need. Continue reading below to find out how to contact us!

Need more support?

If you are caring for someone who has heart disease think that you may need a little bit of extra support, Suffolk Carers Matter would be happy to help! We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!

CALL us on 01284 333035 – open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm.

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