Altadena In-Home Heart Care: Underactive Thyroid & the Heart

a-1 home care home care whittierHypothyroidism is very prevalent among seniors and more common among women than men, and the frequency increases with age.  As the term suggests, hypothyroidism is a condition of the thyroid in which the gland produces insufficient levels of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4).  These hormones are known to relax your blood vessels and facilitate blood flow to the heart.  Low levels of thyroid hormones lead to high levels of bad cholesterol, which ultimately results in poor cardiac health.  For some, hypothyroidism is congenital, and for others, it’s a by-product of taking medications for other health conditions.  You can minimize the effects of hypothyroidism with regular medical check-ups, and if your elderly loved one does not have any reliable means of transportation, A-1 Home Care in Altadena is here to help.

24 Hour Heart Disease Care for the Elderly

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for the elderly, and if hypothyroidism is one of the factors leading to cardiovascular disease, it’s important to get blood work done on a regular basis, at least once every six (6) months.  We often hear about high cholesterol levels, unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise contributing to heart disease, but hypothyroidism is not advertised as much, though it is still very much part of the equation.  Symptoms of hypothyroidism are easily overlooked because they can be mistaken for symptoms of other conditions.  Common signs of low thyroid levels include the following:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hypersensitivity to cold
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Pain and stiffness in joints
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory

At a glance, don’t some of these symptoms coincide with dementia, arthritis or other conditions?  Hyperthyroidism is usually diagnosed with a blood test in addition to a patient’s report of his symptoms.  A-1 Home Care’s in-home caregiver will serve as a liaison between you, your loved one and the doctor, be it in the form of caregiver reports and/or transportation around Altadena.

About A-1 Home Care

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional in-home care to seniors all over Altadena.  We handpick our caregivers from the cream of the crop, and we screen each and every caregiver who walks through our doors.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can rest assured that your caregiver has a clean criminal background and great DMV record.  When you call our phone lines, you never have to deal with an automated answering system because our live operators are always ready to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Round-the-clock care is available through long-term care insurance, veteran benefits and A-1 Home Care’s easy financing options.

For quality Heart Disease Care, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit our website for details.  In addition to Altadena, A-1 Home Care also serves Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Sierra Madre, Glendale, Glendora, and surrounding communities.

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