Heart of the Matter: Managing and Preventing Cardiovascular Disease.

Authors

Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network.

Source

Healing Hands 9(4): August, 2005. (Newsletter: 6 Pages)

Abstract

This issue of Healing Hands reports the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases among people who are homeless, explores special considerations for the treatment and self-management of those with chronic disease, and highlights strategies HCH providers use to help adults stop smoking and promote heart health in children. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Poor diet, insufficient aerobic exercise, excessive use of drugs that elevate blood pressure and pulse rate (including nicotine and alcohol), highly stressful lives, and lack of regular preventive health care increase the risk for life-threatening diseases of the cardiovascular system. Homelessness compounds this risk, complicates treatment, and presents barriers to self-care (authors). Available From: National Health Care for the Homeless Council, P.O. Box 60427, Nashville, TN 37206, (615) 226-2292, www.nhchc.org/Network/HealingHands/2005/Aug2005HealingHands.pdf