Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. It is responsible for more deaths than all other types of cancer combined. Aged adults 65 years and over are more likely than younger individuals to have a stroke, a heart attack, or coronary heart disease. An estimated 85.6 million American adults have coronary heart disease, with 43.7 million of them being over the age of 60. These conditions also result in disability, restricted mobility, and low quality of life among aged adults. The good news is the risk of heart disease can be lowered by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Consider these tips to maintain a healthy heart.
Have a Healthy Diet
Colorful fruits and vegetables are good for your heart as they are low in calories but high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. At least five servings of these nutritional powerhouses, along with heart-healthy foods like dark leafy greens, fatty fish, olive oil, whole grains, and nuts, should be consumed by aged adults on a regular basis. Read all nutrition labels and keep saturated and trans fats, as well as added sugars, to a minimum. Limit your consumption of alcohol, high-fat dairy, and red meats, and don’t ever skip breakfast.
Keep Fit and Active
Engaging in regular physical activity can improve your health and wellbeing, help you shed excess body weight, and lower the risk of diseases, including heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Consider brisk walking, gardening, dancing, or an activity you enjoy, as long as it gets you up and moving instead of sitting for hours on end every day. Consult with your medical provider before embarking on a new fitness plan, especially if you are taking medication or have specific physical limitations.
According to research, increased stress levels can be a trigger for a heart attack or angina. Stress can also contribute to high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. Chronic stress, especially as you become older, can have a negative impact on learning, memory, and your immune system, and take a toll on your mental health. If you’re stressed, anxious, or feeling depressed, talk to someone you trust, your primary healthcare provider, or a certified therapist. Have a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and incorporate relaxation techniques such as meditation, tai chi, or yoga.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death. It can also increase your risk of heart disease and exacerbate pre-existing heart disease risk factors. Smoking results in arterial wall damage, but quitting, even later in life, can drastically lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, and cancer over time. If you are struggling with addiction or trying to quit, talk with your healthcare provider about available programs or join local support groups.
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