Heart Disease Prevention for Caregivers

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[By Samantha Wanner]

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more than all forms of cancer combined. That’s why VITAS Healthcare has partnered with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease so caregivers can live healthier, longer lives.

As a physician or caregiver, you spend much of your time caring for those around you, and it’s easy to ignore your heart health. When you compromise your health, you compromise the care that you provide to those around you.

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Start by Taking Control

Knowledge is power and understanding your family history of heart disease is the first step in understanding your risk.

Lifestyle choices play a major role in heart disease prevention. Make sure you manage your stress levels, develop better eating habits and exercise 20 minutes per day.

You are not alone in your journey to heart health. The American Heart Association is your resource for heart health.

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  1. Heart Disease Deaths Increased 3% From 2011-2014

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data on trends in heart disease and cancer mortality. Here are some key findings from the report:

    • Heart disease remains the leading cause of death overall for the US, at 614,348 deaths in 2014.
    • In 2000, there were only 2 states where cancer was the leading cause of death; in 2014, there were 22.
    • The number of heart disease deaths decreased from a peak of 771,169 in 1985 to 596,577 in 2011.
    • From 1950 to 2011, the number of cancer deaths nearly tripled from 210,733 to 576,691.
    • The number of deaths due to heart disease increased by 3% from 2011-2014.
    • Cancer deaths increased by 2.6%, from 576,691 in 2011 to 591,699 in 2014.

    Source: CDC, August 2016

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  2. Coronavirus Attacks Lining of Blood Vessels Throughout Body: Swiss Study

    The coronavirus attacks the lining of blood vessels all over the body, which can ultimately lead to multiple organ failure, according to a new study published in The Lancet. “This virus does not only attack the lungs, it attacks the vessels everywhere,” said Dr Frank Ruschitzka, an author of the paper from University Hospital Zurich. He said the researchers had found that the deadly virus caused more than pneumonia. “It enters the endothelium [layer of cells], which is the defense line of the blood vessels. So it brings your own defense down and causes problems in microcirculation,” said Dr. Ruschitzka, referring to circulation in the smallest of blood vessels. It then reduces the blood flow to different parts of the body and eventually stops blood circulation, according to Dr. Ruschitzka, chairman of the heart centre and cardiology department at the university hospital in Switzerland.

    “From what we do see clinically, patients have problems in all organs — in the heart, kidney, intestine, everywhere,” he said. That also explained why smokers and people with pre-existing conditions who had a weakened endothelial function, or unhealthy blood vessels, were more vulnerable to the novel virus, he said. Those underlying conditions included hypertension, or high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and established cardiovascular disease. The study, published on Friday, found viral elements within endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels, and inflammatory cells in COVID-19 patients.

    Source: todayonline.com [4/21/20]

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