This time of year is all about heart… and not because it is Valentine’s Week! February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart health, urge those around us to prevent heart disease and take steps to help our own hearts too!
While the stats above are intended to show you how many people are impacted by heart disease in the nation and in our state, let’s talk about the connection between heart health and seniors as this IS our Senior Spotlight! According to the National Institute On Aging, people age 65 and older are much more likely than younger people to suffer a heart attack, to have a stroke, or to develop coronary heart disease (commonly called heart disease) and heart failure. Heart disease is one of the major causes of disability, and drastically reduces the activity levels and quality of life for millions of older adults. To read more about the physiological connection between aging and heart health, click here.
The most important thing you can do during heart health month is to take steps to keep your heart healthier! Please, please see a doctor for an annual exam, and be sure to stay on top of related conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Follow a heart-healthy diet and ask your doctor what that looks like for you if you have any other underlying conditions or dietary considerations. Be sure to quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption and get active! It is never too late to start weekly or daily walks with a friend, to check out activity offerings at your local senior center or to consult with a medical professional on the ways that you can keep your heart as healthy as can be!
CDC: Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age
NHLBI: Heart-Healthy Living
AHA: Symptoms of a Heart Attack and Stroke in Women
AHA: American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults and Kids
Please take some time not just to have heart… but to keep it healthy too!
All my best,
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