It can be truly terrifying to face acute MI, also known as a heart attack. This condition is caused when the blood supply to a section of the heart is interrupted and the heart cells begin to die as a result. This can be caused by a variety of factors, though a buildup of lipids and white blood cells that ruptures, blocking the coronary artery, is the most common cause. This is a very serious condition that can lead to the irreparable damage or even death of the tissue.
When a senior faces a myocardial infarction he is likely to face a period of hospitalization in order to stabilize his heart and monitor his condition to help protect him from worsening damage. It is after he comes home, however, that a senior can be in the most danger. Many seniors are under the belief that once they return home from a hospitalization after acute MI they are “in the clear” and will not deal with any other such problems. Unfortunately, it is this belief that can lead to sudden death due to continued heart problems.
It is critical after a senior returns home from the hospital that he has attentive care to help him recover and to monitor his symptoms carefully to ensure that he does not suffer from further heart problems. A home care companion can be a true life saver in this situation as she can be with your aging loved one throughout the day to keep him safe and healthy.
Some of the signs and symptoms of heart trouble that you should look for in the recovery period after a senior returns home from the hospital include:
- Chest Discomfort: one of the most prevalent symptoms of heart trouble is a sensation of squeezing, pressure, swelling or pain in the center of the chest that persists for more than a few moments or fades and then returns several times.
- Other Pain: a senior facing heart trouble may also experience pain in the arms, neck, stomach or jaw that cannot be explained by other factors.
- Shortness of Breath: difficulty breathing or having trouble returning to a normal breathing pattern after exercise.
Any new symptoms that cannot be linked to other issues should be closely watched. If they persist or worsen, it is important to call the senior’s physician.
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