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Blood Pressure, Stress, and Life as a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Stress Westchester County NY

Caregiver Stress Westchester County NY

Stress can impact many aspects of life. For a family caregiver, stress can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure, a lack of focus, relationship challenges, and much more.

It’s important to first acknowledge caregiver stress when it begins to impact your life on a daily basis. It’s also essential to keep track of your own health.

The average family caregiver in the United States is a 49 year old woman, according to the AARP. When people get into the 40s, 50s, and 60s, it becomes more important than ever to pay attention to their overall health, including blood pressure. May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and when stress is intense, it can increase the number of health risks.

Common health issues associated with high blood pressure:

Even though the family caregiver doesn’t have a history of high blood pressure, increased stress levels over a prolonged period of time can begin to elevate blood pressure. When that happens, there is an increased risk of heart related issues, including heart disease, heart attack, and more.

It can also lead to an increased risk of stroke, aneurysm’s, and more.

Blood pressure is basically a measurement that determines how much pressure exists within the veins and arteries throughout the body. It can be thought of as similar to the pressure in the tires of your car. If the pressure is low, the tire is going to be more deflated and can lead to a flat tire. If the pressure is too high, it will be overinflated and it runs the risk of having a blowout.

When blood pressure is too low, the heart has a difficult time moving blood and oxygen throughout the body and that can lead to serious health issues. When blood pressure is too high, there is too much pressure inside the veins and arterial walls and if there is any weakness in those walls or the veins, it can lead to rupturing.

The higher the blood pressure level is, the greater and more serious the health risk is at the moment.

Because stress is commonly associated with elevated blood pressure levels, it’s essential that the family caregiver keep track of their blood pressure and also consider other options, including hiring a home care aide to help out.

A home care aide can provide support by taking care of the senior a couple of days a week or longer, if needed. This can allow the family caregiver to take better care of himself or herself, including eating better, getting exercise, and spending time with friends. All of those factors can help reduce stress as a caregiver and, ultimately, lower blood pressure.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Queens NY, please contact the caring staff at Kingsbridge Home Healthcare. Call today: (347) 289-7118.

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Danielle Parchment

Danielle Parhment is the Administrator at Kingsbridge Home Healthcare Services. Kingsbridge Home Healthcare Services is a senior care service located in Brooklyn New York. We believe relationship building is our strongest asset and makes the difference in the care we deliver. The owners have been caregivers withing our community for 25+ years and understand the transitional process and support needed by families when searching of home care services.

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