5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

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The Importance of Heart Health

According to the Heart Foundation, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, affecting upwards of 787,000 people. Around 720,000 people in the country suffer a heart attack each year- and for many, it’s not their first. Every 34 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack, and every 60 seconds someone passes away from a heart disease-related incident.

Since the heart is the hardest-working muscle in our body, it’s vital that we keep it healthy and strong. While factors like family history, age and sex can have an effect on your heart health, adopting a healthy lifestyle as soon as possible can only help to improve it, now and in the future.

Signs of Heart Disease

While there are many different types of heart problems related to heart disease that can require a variety of treatments, like stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and heart attack, they do share similar warning signs. One of the typical warning signs of heart disease is angina, or pain in the chest that feels uncomfortable, or pressure, heaviness or burning feelings. Shortness of breath or palpitations are also common signs, along with weakness, dizziness or nausea.

Healthy Heart Tips for Seniors

Keep your heart healthy first and foremost by visiting your doctor, especially if you think you might be at risk for heart disease or are showing any of the symptoms above. Knowing your good and bad cholesterol levels, as well as you blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and weight can give you an idea of how much work you need to do to improve your heart function.

Help improve your heart health with these 5 tips:

  • Relax and unwind. Find ways to reduce the stress in your life and relax. Turn off electronic devices and/or the television and just sit and enjoy the quiet, taking time each day to unwind. Stress can increase the adrenaline in our bodies and overwork our hearts, so start some activities that help you relax, like walking, yoga, or even just taking to friends.
  • Get your rest. Getting enough sleep is an important element to a healthy heart. When we sleep, our bodies have a chance to shut down and recover, and our blood pressure and heart rate go down, too. This gives our hearts the break it needs to work strongly while we are active throughout the day.
  • Quit any bad habits. Bad habits like smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can take a toll on your heart health. People who smoke are far more at risk of developing heart disease over non-smokers. Talk to your doctor about the best ways to kick these bad habits.
  • Be active socially. Having a support system can help you stay motivated to keep active and can lower your risk of heart disease. Research shows that people who are socially active have lower blood pressure and other factors that contribute to heart disease than those who are isolated.
  • Live a healthier life overall. Adding exercise to your daily routine, as well as a heart healthy diet are key elements to a stronger heart. Get your heart rate up for 30 minutes every day, and eat a diet consisting of lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins.

Keep Your Heart Healthy with Senior Wellness Services

At Lourdes-Noreen McKeen in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida, our senior wellness services are designed to meet the individual needs of all residents. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you stay healthy and active as you age.

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