Keep Your Heart Healthy: 5 Heart Health Tips for Seniors

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February is a great time to think about your heart. Not only is it the month in which we celebrate love and romance, it’s also American Heart Month. But sadly, many of us give the hearts in our Valentine’s Day cards more thought than we do the hearts in our bodies. Start making your most valuable organ your top priority with these five tips to keep your heart healthy for a lifetime.

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Keep Your Heart Healthy: 5 Heart Health Tips for Seniors

  1. 1. Keep Your Heart Healthy: 5 Heart Health Tips for Seniors Note: This list is for information only and not a substitute for a consultation with a qualified professional.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  2. 2. February is a great time to think about your heart. Notonly is it the month in which we celebrate love andromance, it’s also AMERICAN HEART MONTH. Butsadly, many of us give the hearts in our Valentine’s Daycards more thought than we do the hearts in our bodies. ARE YOU GIVING YOUR HEART THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES? Maintaining a healthy heart at any age is important, but as you continue into your Golden Years, heart health is even more important.HEART DISEASE IS RESPONSIBLE FORMORE DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES BUT ACCORDING TO THE WORLDTHAN ANYTHING ELSE, ABOUT HEALTH ORGANIZATION, 4 OUT OF 5 OF600,000 THESE DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE.AMERICANS EACH YEAR. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  3. 3. Start making your most valuable organ your top priority with these five tips to keep your heart healthy for a lifetime. 1. Eat Better MEAT IS BAD FOR YOU. MEAT IS GOOD FOR YOU. DRINK RED WINE. RED WINE WILL KILL YOU!Each week, it seems like the media and internet sites reportcontradicting advice on what to eat to keep your heart healthy.STOP WATCHING THE HEADLINES AND START FOLLOWING SIMPLE GUIDELINES The AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION suggests eating a variety of nutritious foods such as VEGETABLES, FRUITS, UNREFINED WHOLE GRAINS, AND FISH, and cutting back on NUTRIENT-POOR FOODS HIGH IN FAT, CHOLESTEROL AND SALT. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  4. 4. 2. Exercise More A 30-MINUTE WALK A DAY, most days of the week will keep your heart in prime pumping shape. If this number seems daunting, start small: TWO 15-MINUTE BRISK WALKS A DAY will bring you up to the correct total. REMEMBER THAT WALKING THE DOG, GARDENING, AND CLEANING THE HOUSE ALL WORK OUT YOUR HEART. Find ways to stay active that are fun and engaging, and it will be easier to make them habits.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  5. 5. 3. Don’t Smoke Smoking or using tobacco is one of the biggest risk factors in developing heart disease. According to the CDC, SMOKING INCREASES YOUR RISK OF STROKE AND HEART DISEASE BY UP TO 4 TIMES. Additionally, smoking can take, on average, 10 YEARS OFF YOUR LIFE. However, if you quit by AGE 64, you can get 4 YEARS BACK, and by AGE 54, you can get 6 YEARS BACK. WHEN YOU QUIT SMOKING, YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE DROPS DRAMATICALLY WITHIN JUST A YEAR.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  6. 6. 4. Stay at a Healthy WeightExtra pounds around your middle can lead to HIGH BLOODPRESSURE, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, and DIABETES -- allconditions that increase your chances of heart disease.HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR WEIGHTIS PUTTING YOU AT RISK?According to the Mayo Clinic, MEN are considered overweight if their waist measures MORE THAN40 INCHES. WOMEN are considered overweight if their waist measured MORE THAN 35 INCHES. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  7. 7. 5. Get Regular Health ScreeningsIf you have HIGH CHOLESTEROL or HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, your heartmay be accumulating damage as you read this. If you don’t know whether youhave these conditions, the damage can occur without you having any idea.WORK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO GET A HANDLE ON YOURHEART HEALTH AND TO LOWER POTENTIAL RISK FACTORS. According to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, all regular heart health screening tests for those with HIGH CHOLESTEROL or HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE should begin as early as AGE 20, except BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENTS, which should begin at AGE 45. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
  8. 8. Thanks for viewing our presentation! For more valuable home care information and resources visit: GriswoldHomeCare.com/blog © 2013 Griswold International, LLCbrought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.

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