Seniors aged 65 or older are much more likely than younger people to suffer a heart attack, have heart failure, or to develop coronary heart disease.
Heart disease limits activity and affects the quality of life for millions of seniors every year and is a major cause of disability in that age group.
As we age, our blood vessels and heart start to change, which may increase our risk of heart disease. During times of stress or during physical activity, our hearts cannot beat as fast as they did when we were younger.
The good news is there are things you and your senior’s caregivers can help them do to delay, lower, and possibly even avoid or reverse their risk.
Take a look at the following ways that you can encourage your senior to start being proactive about their heart health today. As always, talk to their medical professional to see if they have any specific suggestions, limitations, or concerns. It is a good idea to make sure that your senior or loved one is getting regular health check-ups so that they can be in the best shape both physically and mentally as they age.
It is very important for seniors to be checking their blood pressure regularly, especially if they have had issues with high or low blood pressure before. Aging can cause changes to the arteries which can lead to hypertension or high blood pressure. Caregivers hired to assist your senior can help to be sure that their blood pressure is checked and within a safe and healthy range.
Getting your senior up and moving every day is ideal, but aim to have them get some sort of physical activity for a minimum of 150 minutes per week. It is important that they do not stay sedentary all day, as the benefits of being active reach far more than just heart health itself. Caregivers can help your senior to get in an appropriate amount of exercise each day.
If your senior is a smoker, quitting smoking is one of the best things that they can do for their heart. Smokers have more heart attacks than non-smokers and at a much younger age. They are also four times more likely to die of heart disease and three times more likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest. Smoking affects the blood vessels which supply blood to your heart and the rest of your body, reducing the oxygen in your blood which can cause damage to the blood vessel walls.
Diet plays an important role in the health of our hearts. Eating heart-healthy means that you are consuming a combination of nutritious foods in a regular pattern over time, making sure to choose foods that are low in salt, trans fat, and sugar and rich in fiber, whole grains, antioxidants, and unsaturated fat. Hiring caregivers to help pick out and prepare healthy foods can be beneficial for the heart health of your senior.
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