Breast cancer is among the most common kinds of cancer in women. It’s also one of the more treatable kinds when it is diagnosed early. Unfortunately, though, even if your older family member has beaten breast cancer, according to a new study, treatment of the disease may have put her at a higher risk for another health problem—heart disease.
Breast Cancer Treatment and Heart Disease
The study was conducted by scientists from Sao Paulo, Brazil. It involved 288 women over the age of 45. 96 of them had had a successful treatment for breast cancer. 192 had never had breast cancer and were considered healthy. None of the participants had been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease.
The results of the study indicated that the women who had been treated for breast cancer were more likely to have been diagnosed with health conditions that also increased the risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as:
- Metabolic syndrome.
- Higher levels of fatty molecules in the blood.
- Abdominal obesity.
In addition, the women who had had breast cancer were at an elevated risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. Their risk of death was on level with the death rates associated with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Preventing Heart Disease
Fortunately, even if your aging relative has had breast cancer, there are steps they can take to prevent heart disease, including:
-Quit Smoking: If they smoke, it’s important for them to quit since tobacco use is a major risk factor for heart disease as well as for many other serious conditions. A doctor can help with strategies and medications to help them quit.
-Health Screenings: Regular health screenings are important for detecting conditions that increase the risk of heart diseases, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If the senior has a health condition, they need to stay on top of managing it by following the doctor’s advice.
-Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet: Avoid having too much-saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables the senior eats. Include whole grains and lean proteins.
-Physical Activity: Physical activity helps to strengthen the heart muscle and protects against other factors that can increase heart disease risk, such as obesity. Seniors should try to include some physical activity in every day, aiming for about 30 minutes per day at least 5 days of the week.
Senior care can assist with taking steps to keep your aging relative’s heart healthy. Senior care providers can cook healthy meals to ensure your older relative always has something to eat available, eliminating the need to rely on fast foods or processed meals.
Senior care providers can also drive the older adult to the doctor to get regular checkups and for follow up of any medical conditions. In addition, a senior care provider can keep the older adult more physically active by encouraging them to do things around the house, like gardening, or by going for walks with them.
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