FCP Live-In works with families who want help in caring for a loved one with AFib, atrial fibrillation care. As a leading in-home Atrial Fibrillation Care provider, FCP Live-In develops customized plans to meet your loved one’s specific needs. Our team of highly skilled caregivers have a 24-hour professional support system that takes the personalized care of your loved one to a higher level of quality.
At FCP Live-In, we offer a wide range of services that include:
- Personal care services: Help with bathing, showering, grooming, dressing, eating, walking, exercising
- Homemaker services: Help with housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparationaration, medication monitoring
- Companion services: Help with social and recreational activities, visiting, and companionship
Our affordable live-in caregiving services provide security and peace of mind at a time when life-changing events caused by atrial fibrillation affects you and your loved one.
To learn more about how your loved one can benefit from FCP Live-In Home Care services, contact our office today: 1 (866) 559-9492.
Atrial Fibrillation Signs and Symptoms
Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a heart disorder that causes irregular heart rhythms called arrhythmias. The heart disorder occurs when the heart’s two upper chambers do not beat in coordination with the heart’s two lower chambers. The failure of the heart’s chambers to work together can lead to blood clots forming in the heart, traveling to the brain and causing a stroke.
AFib can occur occasionally and last for a few minutes or on a long-term basis and require regular doctor’s office visits to monitor the heart disorder.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of AFib include:
- Irregular, fluttering or racing heart beat
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pressure or pain
The AFib symptoms of irregular heart beat, fatigue and shortness of breath can also contribute to heart failure. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart failure occurs because fast heart beats prevent the heart from filling up properly with blood to pump out to the body. Heart failure also places a person at risk for a heart attack.
Treatment for AFib can include medications to control the heart’s rate and rhythm or blood thinners to prevent blood clots from forming. In some cases, a pacemaker may be surgically implanted to regulate the heartbeat. The length of treatment will depend on the type of AFib a person develops.
People with AFib may become frustrated over their inability to carry out the responsibilities of daily life. Without a caregiver to help monitor the signs and symptoms of AFib, the heart disorder may lead to more serious health complications.
AHA Link: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/atrial-fibrillation/why-atrial-fibrillation-af-or-afib-matters
AFib Places Heart Patients at Risk for Stroke
People with AFib are four to five times more likely to suffer a stroke than people who do not have the heart disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While there are different types of strokes, the most common are ischemic strokes which occur when the blood that flows to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or plaque in the blood vessel lining. According to the CDC, 15 to 20 percent of ischemic strokes are caused by AFib.
Stroke risks are further increased when people with AFib have high blood pressure. The AHA reports that three out of four people who suffer a stroke for the first time also have high blood pressure and AFib is present in one out of five strokes.
Researchers Predict Future AFib Epidemic
The CDC estimates that between 2 to 6 million people in the United States are living with AFib. What’s more, the heart disorder accounts for over 750,000 hospitalizations every year and 130,000 deaths annually.
The CDC further reports about 9 percent of people 65 years old and older have AFib while only 2 percent of people under 65 suffer from the heart disorder. These figures are expected to rise even further, not only in the United States but globally, as the baby boomer population (those born between 1946 and1964) ages.
An article published in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology in March 2017 forecasts an AFib “epidemic” in the next 10 to 20 years. Researchers predict that six to 12 million people in the United States will develop AFib by the year 2050 and 17.9 million people in Europe by 2060.
Not only will AFib create a public health challenge globally, but it will also increase the need to care for people who have suffered serious consequences from AFib, such as paralyzing strokes.
At FCP Live-In, we stand ready to offer in-home care to people suffering from AFib both now and in the future.
LINK: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5460066/
Caring for Someone with AFib
Your loved one may need help in managing AFib and taking medications exactly as prescribed. This means that if you are a caregiver, you must establish—and strictly follow—a medication schedule. You may also have to watch your loved one for symptoms of stroke, heart failure or bleeding from blood thinners.
As a result, caring for your loved one can throw off your daily routine and eventually cause stress, according to the AHA. Not only that, you may have to take on household and other responsibilities your loved one once had before developing AFib. The heart disorder also requires caregivers to watch out for symptoms of stroke, heart failure or bleeding from blood thinners. As a result, caring for your loved one can interfere with your routine schedule and place you under more stress.
If your loved one has suffered an AFib-related stroke or has symptoms that can lead to a traumatic health event, having a trained, in-home caregiver relieves you of the burden of caring for your loved one solely on your own.
Placing your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility may seem ideal, but you have no guarantee that the staff will provide the personalized care that your loved one needs. Your loved one will also appreciate the comforts of home while recovering from or managing a serious heart condition.
About FCP Live-In And Our AFib, Atrial Fibrillation Care Services
We have provided the ultimate solution for assisted Atrial Fibrillation Care services since 1997. Our live-in Atrial Fibrillation Care services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home Atrial Fibrillation Care services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24/7 professional support system that is there for the client and the live-in caregiver at all times.
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