Heart Health Tips for Seniors
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, it is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths. Here are 5 of the best things you can do to help keep your heart healthy. Keep in mind, small changes add up!
- Eat healthier – Start by cooking heart-healthy meals at home once a week, then work your way up to at least 3 times a week. Find out how you can make your favorite recipes lower in sodium. One example is to swap salt out for fresh or dried herbs and spices.
- Exercise daily – Start small, for the first part of the month you can begin by walking for 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, try to increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week. After that, try to continually increase the length and frequency of your walks.
- Stop smoking – If you smoke, start taking steps to start quitting. For support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
- Talk to your doctor – Schedule yourself for regular check-ups even if you don’t think you are sick. You and your doctor can set some goals for improving your heart health. Don’t be afraid to ask them any questions that you have and trust their advice.
- Take medication as prescribed. Talk with your doctor about high blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Be sure to also discuss any natural supplements that are available, like fish oil, etc. If you are having trouble taking your medicines on time or if you experience any side effects, please ask your doctor for help.
The best gift you can give your loved one this Valentine’s Day is the gift of a healthy heart. Let them know that by committing to a healthier lifestyle and making small changes over time, they can start leading themselves to a lifetime of heart health. Keep the conversation going!
Wondering how you can help?
- Four Seasons Westlake Village and the California Health & Longevity Institute will donate $1 to The Heart Foundation each time that their “Share the Love” Facebook post is shared in the month of February.
- Wear red on February 5th (the day that is nationally-recognized to wear red and promote heart health).
- Educate yourself on keeping your own heart healthy and also on how you can recognize and know the warning signs of a heart attack. Every minute counts so be sure to check out these websites for more information!