Six Simple Steps Might Help Seniors Beat Heart Disease

Senior Care in Rye Brook, N.Y.

Senior Care Rye Brook NYSince Valentine’s Day falls in February, it’s not uncommon for folks to associate the month with hearts – be it sweethearts, chocolate hearts, or greeting cards shaped like hearts. Not surprisingly, February is also American heart awareness month, so now is a good time for seniors to become educated on ways to prevent heart disease.

The good news is that great strides have been made over the years to treat heart disease. Indeed, the risk of actually having a heart attack can be drastically reduced by the way you choose to live.

The bad news is that heart disease remains the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease.

Advisors to The Perfect Home Care report that there’s much that can be done to prevent you or a loved one from becoming another statistic. The advisors say that cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. You can greatly improve your odds by following the steps listed below, according to the advisors:

  1. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be. People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease. Since high blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, having your blood pressure checked regularly is very important. Once you find out your blood pressure, discuss with your doctor how you can best meet your goal.
  1. Quit smoking – and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking is not only a major risk factor for cancer, but for cardiovascular disease as well.
  1. Start eating healthier. At the top of the list is reducing your sodium intake. Most Americans consume too much sodium, which can raise blood pressure. In addition, start eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and keep them under control.
  1. Get off the couch! Regardless of your age, it is important to exercise regularly. This doesn’t necessarily mean running marathons. Walking every day can make a difference.
  1. Get tested for diabetes. Many people who have prediabetes, and even diabetes, are not aware they have it. If you do have it, you need to keep it under control.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a leading risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about starting on a safe weight loss plan.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Rye Brook, NY, call the friendly staff at The Perfect Home Care at (855) 855-5728.  Call today!

Geralyn DiGiovanni, Manager, Client Services