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How To Preserve Your Heart Healthy Even At Later Ages?


Aging can lead to many changes in human body and causes severe health problems especially with heart and blood vessels.

Getting older may induce high blood pressure, a well-known risk factor for heart disease particularly in 60s and beyond. Therefore, keeping blood pressure at optimal levels can reduce risk of developing heart disease even in older ages.

Here there are a number of lifestyle changes and ways to minimize risk of developing heart disease as you age:










1. Stay Physically Active:

Exercising regularly and staying active help to manage weight, stress and blood pressure, thus prevent heart disease. Even if you have musculoskeletal problems or chronic diseases making exercise difficult, you should adapt at least a simple walking or water exercise program to improve your heart health.


2. Adapt a Healthy Diet and Lose Weight:


A heart-healthy diet is especially important as you age. Having a balanced diet without cutting out your favorite foods completely but avoiding saturated and trans fats and limiting salt and refined sugar will definitely contribute to your hearth health. And controlling portion size, eating more vegetables and preferring whole grains may help you cut back on higher calorie foods such as meat, cheese and snack foods. Thus you will lose weight, reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery diseases.


3. Quit Smoking:

Smoking is the major cause of atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty substances in the arteries) leading to restriction of blood flow to your heart and other organs; and therefore heart attack or stroke. Your heart will thank you for quitting smoking, so don’t waste any time and try right now. Even if you previously tried and failed to stop smoking, no need to be discouraged, most people are unsuccessful in their first attempt. No matter how difficult it seems, keep in mind that you are not alone because you can find tons of resources and tools for the healthiest decision you will make – quitting smoking; so immediately contact with your doctor and ask for support with a plan to quit.


4. Manage Chronic Diseases or Conditions:


If you suffer from a chronic disease or condition such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, you may under risk of heart disease. You should pay special attention to follow the signs and symptoms of these chronic conditions and follow your doctor’s treatment plan.


5. Have Regular Screenings:


You can easily identify your heart problems by getting regular screenings and medical examinations before you predispose to have myocardial infarction. You should get routine checkups to recognize and manage relevant risk factors. All you need to do is to ask screening tests, then your doctor will determine the proper ones. But you should hurry up and begin to get preventive screenings early in life and continue as you age.


6. Follow Your Body Signs:


You should follow but never ignore possible heart disease signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, leg swelling, chest pain, heart palpitations and dizziness. A quick intervention and treatment can save your life and prevent serious disability.


So take action right now. Following these six tips you can enjoy your “golden years” by keeping your heart healthy.

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