February is donned heart health month by the American Heart Association, and the perfect time to talk about and learn the facts on heart disease and prevention for seniors. Along with learning some heart healthy habits!
Heart disease is a major threat for seniors with 84% over the age of 65 passing from a cause of it. What exactly is heart disease? The most common is coronary artery disease (CAD), which is responsible for heart attacks, heart failure, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat.
A major cause of heart disease is the buildup of fatty deposits in the walls of the arteries over many years, reducing blood flow to your heart muscle. Over time the heart can become weakened or damaged, resulting in heart failure. Heart damage can be caused by heart attacks, hypertension, diabetes, chemotherapy, and chronic heavy alcohol use.
What are some symptoms of heart disease? Some signs are hardly noticeable. Seek medical attention right away if you feel chest pain, pressure, or discomfort. Also, be aware of: pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back; shortness of breath when active, at rest, or lying flat; chest pain when active that gets better when you rest; light headedness; dizziness; confusion; headaches; nausea or vomiting; cold sweats.
What can be done to prevent heart disease? There are many steps that can be done to keep your heart healthy: Try to be more physically active; Quit smoking; Follow a heart-healthy diet; Keep a healthy weight; Keep your diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol under control; Reduce your alcohol intake; Manage stress.
It is never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle and get your heart disease risks in check.
Stay happy, healthy, and confident always!