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Signs Your Senior Loved One May Be Suffering from Heart Disease

By Ketan Shah

Caregivers in Campbell CA

Most people do not realize they have heart disease until it is too late. In fact, it could take getting a heart attack or stroke before they realize there is a problem. The reason for this is because many of the symptoms are either difficult to notice or are very similar to the symptoms of other health conditions.

If you or the elder's caregivers notice any of the following symptoms, they need to see their doctor as soon possible because they could be at risk for heart disease.

  • Suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when someone's sleep is interrupted by snoring that causes problems with their sleep habits. This condition makes it difficult for the brain to get enough oxygen, causing the heart and blood vessels to work even harder to get blood flowing to the brain.
  • Lack of grip strength. Does your loved one have a difficult time holding an object due to the strength in their hand and arm? This could also be an indication that the elder's heart is weak.
  • Dark spot under the nails. A spot under the nails could be a dangerous sign that the elder has heart disease. These spots are blood that has been trapped under the nail, but could also mean there is an infection in the lining of the heart or valves. However, heart disease is not the only condition that could cause these spots. It could also be a sign that your loved one has diabetes. Encourage them to see a doctor if you notice any of these problems.
  • Becoming lightheaded. If the heart is not pumping enough blood to the brain, it could lead to feeling dizzy as a result of an abnormal heart rhythm. This could also be a symptom of a heart attack or heart failure.
  • Change in skin color. When there is a change in certain areas on someone's skin, it could mean that there is an issue with their heart. For example, the fingers may become grey or blue because of a heart defect they were born with. If you, the elder, or their caregivers notice any unusual skin coloring, it could be a sign if a more serious problem.
  • Bleeding gums. Past studies have shown that someone with gums that frequently bleed could also have heart problems. It is still somewhat unknown what the connection between the two are, but some researchers think that bacteria from the gums could make its way into the bloodstream, causing the heart to become inflamed.

If you notice any of the following issues with your loved one, contact their doctor as soon as possible.


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