February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to learn more about your overall heart health, primarily risks for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart. Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age but are most notably found in the senior population.
That’s Why Wickshire Senior Living has found 7 Quick Tips on keeping your heart in check and healthy all year long.
TIP 1: Get To Know Your Heart History
Do you know your risks? This month, be sure to talk with your family and primary care doctor about your heart health history in order to be readily informed and prepared for any warning signs.
TIP 2: Let’s Get Physical!
According to the CDC, seniors 55 and up should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every single week. But that’s not all! Don’t forget to include muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days per week to ensure heart strength.
TIP 3: Foods That Make Your Heart Happy Make It Healthy
This month, be more aware of making healthy food choices, like incorporating more fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat dairy products into your meal decision making. The CDC also recommends when on a heart healthy diet, you eat less salt, saturated fat and added sugars.
TIP 4: Time To Kick The Bad Habit
Do you smoke? This month, in light of Heart Health Month, try to kick the habit by starting your quit plan today! Take the first step by visiting smokefree.gov today or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support.
TIP 5: Take Your Prescribed Medication
If you take medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand and never stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist first.
TIP 6: Rethink That Drink
Begin substituting water for sugary drinks to reduce calories. If you drink alcohol, do so in light moderation unless otherwise instructed by your doctor not to.
TIP 7: Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Self-measured blood pressure monitors are easy and safe to use and your doctor can show you how to use one if you need help. At Wickshire Senior Living, staff are also happy to assist you in monitoring your blood pressure to ensure you feel good about your heart health not just this month, but all year long.
To learn more, please contact Wickshire Senior Living at [email protected].