February is the shortest month of the year but is packed with meaningful days. We may think of it as a month for lovers since Valentine’s Day falls midway through the month. Images of hearts are plentiful which also makes it the perfect month to raise awareness of heart health. In 1963, the president made a proclamation to make February a time to celebrate American Heart Month.
Start living a heart healthy life by first becoming aware of the dangers of heart disease. For starters, it is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It’s important to understand the risk factors and steps to take toward stroke prevention and to avoid heart disease.
Control blood pressure
The first and easiest thing to do to live a healthy heart lifestyle is to monitor your blood pressure and keep it under control. One out of every three Americans suffer from high blood pressure but many don’t even know they have it since there are often no symptoms until something major goes wrong. If medicine is needed to keep your numbers under control, consult with your doctor. Additionally, keeping stress at bay is always helpful. Stay calm by practicing deep breathing, stretching, petting a dog or cat, or taking up a hobby you enjoy.
Watch what you eat
Another area of concern is cholesterol and sodium levels. For a healthy heart, make sure you know your cholesterol numbers and follow a heart-healthy diet. Exchange spices for salt, and limit caffeine and unhealthy fats. The American Heart Association recommends eating a rainbow of colors in a wide array of colorful fruits and vegetables to make up about 8 servings a day.
Consistent exercise is one of the best ways toward maintaining and building a heart healthy lifestyle. It is recommended to get moving at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. This could mean just walking around an inside mall or swimming. Cardio workouts are important, but don’t neglect moderate weights worked into your routines as well. Of course, always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise and consult with a workout instructor or personal trainer who is familiar with the needs of the elderly.
Get screened and consult a doctor to start living a heart-healthy lifestyle today. Also, turn to the help of Regency Home Care Atlanta who have professionals available to help with healthy heart care. The goal is to keep the elderly heart healthy and to keep those who are suffering from heart disease stay as independent as possible.
Contact us for more information on private duty care in Atlanta. We are your partner in care to help with heart health and other senior concerns. We help during the American Heart Month of February and throughout the entire year by offering safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, preparing nutritious meals and so much more.