HEART DISEASE & THE PRODUCTS THAT HELP
Cause & Symptoms
Heart disease is a group of diseases that affect the heart in different ways and are caused by a variety of factors. However, all of these diseases affect how efficiently the blood is pumped to and through the heart, causing people with heart disease to experience issues with strength, stamina, shortness of breath and dizziness.
Mobility & Accessibility Devices
There are a number of products available to help save energy, reduce the need for strength and increase stability for people with heart disease. Your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you.
Walkers/Rollators - Walkers, also known as rollators, can help people experiencing dizziness as they can lean on the handles or sit on the seat until the feeling passes. Most walkers have four wheels (although non-wheeled and two wheeled walkers are available), a seat and a basket. Indoor walkers are generally lighter and smaller while outdoor walkers usually have larger wheels, hand brakes, a seat and a basket.
Mobility Scooters can be helpful to those who have lost the ability to walk longer distances due to fatigue or weakness. Mobility scooters are most often used outdoors because of their size and resultant large turning radius. Also available, are smaller scooters that are better suited to indoor use and easier to transport.
Manual Wheelchairs are available in a wide range of styles and can be customized to optimize functionality. Basic chairs are suited for occasional use due to their weight, but are often adjustable to better match a user's physical requirements. Lightweight adjustable wheelchairs can be customized to an individual user and dramatically reduce the effort required to wheel the chair as they tend to be lighter in weight, thereby increasing manoeuverability and functionality and lessoning the risk of repetitive use injuries of the shoulders, arms and hands.
Bathroom Aids are essential for people with mobility impairments. Bath seats, transfer benches and bath boards, in combination with hand held showers, allow people to sit down while bathing to increase comfort and safety. Raised toilet seats make a toilet higher, making it easier for a person to stand up. Grab bars and toilet safety frames will also help to make bathrooms safer.
Lift Chairs are excellent devices that comfortably raise someone from or lower someone to a seated position. When the user is standing, the chair will gently lower them into a seated or reclined position. When they are seated, the chair will safely, securely and easily raise them to a standing position.