You've probably heard about the dangers of heart disease, but did you know that it kills more people each year than all forms of cancer combined? That's something to think about! Seniors are at an increased risk for heart disease, which is why it's extremely important for senior adults to take their heart health seriously. After all, most cases of heart disease are preventable--which is great news!
Following a heart-healthy diet is one of the most basics steps a person can take to protect their heart. Make sure your diet is filled with vitamins, minerals, fruits, and veggies. Limit added sugars and saturated fats.
Don't Smoke. Did you know that the benefits of quitting smoking don't go away as a person ages? If you're a smoker, commit to quitting as soon as possible, even if you've smoked since you were young. Smoking causes countless health issues, and it's terrible for your heart.
Making time for physical activity lowers your risk of developing many conditions, and one of those is heart disease. Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and lowers the risk of issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Be sure to discuss safe ways to exercise with your doctor before beginning any new regimen.
Take care of your overall healthby getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and knowing your medical history. Understanding what is best for your individual body will allow you to make appropriate health-related decisions.
Prioritizing your heart health can add years to your life--so don't wait! If you have questions or would like more information, contact our Director of Resident Care at the Fellowship Home location nearest you.