By REBEKAH JONES
The Reserve at Spring Hill, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and assisted living community, is dedicated to providing a welcoming and caring environment for older adults to recover from injury, illness, and surgery with 24/7 nursing care.
The senior living and recovery community is committed to enhancing the lives of all individuals through compassion and love. According to the website, it is The Reserve’s “mission to provide quality residential and care services.” With this in mind, it is no surprise that they are focused on promoting awareness about specific health issues and diseases that are prevalent in today’s world.
February is Heart Awareness Month, and those at The Reserve at Spring Hill are making it their mission to educate mid-Tennessee residents about the risk of heart disease in women.
“Many women don’t realize that heart disease is actually the leading cause of death in women in the United States,” Sharron Warren, The Reserve at Spring Hill Executive Director, said.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “almost 64% of women who die suddenly of heart attack had no previous symptoms.”
This means that even with no presenting symptoms, women could still be at risk.
“Women experience symptoms that are often very different from the symptoms common in men,” Warren said. “Some women report dull chest pain or a sharp, burning sensation. Women may also experience pain in the neck, jaw, throat, or back much more frequently than men.”
Other symptoms may include: shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of feet, ankles, or legs, confusion, dizziness, or numbness in face, arms, or legs.
The Reserve at Spring Hill has compiled a list of risk factors and preventative measures to take to ensure heart health:
- High blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and keep it controlled through diet and medication if necessary.
- High LDL cholesterol. Know your numbers and control bad cholesterol through diet and medication if necessary.
- Smoking. Stop smoking! This one lifestyle change will benefit your heart, lungs, circulatory system, and reduce risk of some cancers.
- Diabetes. Be tested for diabetes. Control your weight and follow a healthy diet.
- Obesity. Obesity is a contributing factor in a number of health issues and diseases and makes controlling blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol more difficult.
- Physical inactivity. The more you move, the better you will feel. Exercise can help circulation, heart, lungs, and joints.
- Overuse of alcohol. Limit alcohol to one drink per day.
- Poor diet. A diet high in fats and sugars contributes to a wide range of physical conditions. Challenge yourself to make one dietary change per week. This might be to reduce the number of soft drinks you have in a week, to reduce the amount of sugar in your coffee, to add a fruit or vegetable to each meal, or reduce the amount of red meat you eat. Small changes add up!
- Sleep. Do you know that sleep is good for your heart? Poor sleep patterns have been linked to increased blood pressure and trouble losing weight. Try to get six to eight hours of sleep per night.