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Heart- Health Tips for Seniors

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is the general term for describing several types of heart conditions, the most popular being Coronary Artery Disease or CAD. While heart disease can affect people of all ages, the risk increases with age. February is American Heart Health Month and we have compiled a list of heart-health tips for seniors.

1. Regularly Check Blood Pressure

It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly as aging changes in the arteries can lead to hypertension. When hypertension is left unchecked or untreated, it can lead to issues with the heart, as well as other areas of the body including the brain and kidneys, for example.

2. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet is key in minimizing many health related issues, including heart disease. It is recommended to eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, saturated fats, and cholesterol. Alcohol should also be kept to a minimum as it can also contribute to high blood pressure.

3. Exercise

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower blood pressure. It is recommended that to achieve 150 minutes of physical activity per week, however, talk to your health care provider to come up with a plan that works for you.

4. Stop Smoking

According to the CDC, tobacco use increases the risk for heart disease and heart attack. Smoking causes damage of the artery walls. While it may not be easy to quit, it’s never too late to stop.

We hope these tips were helpful. Do you need assistance around your home? Quality of Life Home Care and Hospice, LLC operates in 11 counties in Pennsylvania. Contact us today!

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