The Major Threat of Heart Disease in Seniors

Heart disease is a major threat to senior health that we must not ignore — in fact, it’s the leading cause of death for seniors. Eighty four percent of people age 65 years and older die from heart disease.

The most common form of heart disease is called coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is often responsible for serious cardiovascular events like a heart attack, heart failure, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat, also called arrhythmia.

Treat the heart well with frequent exercise, a good diet, and no smoking, and its potential to remain healthy improves dramatically. Treat the heart poorly with a cholesterol-laden, sedentary lifestyle and the chance of heart disease increases. Take a look at these 21 significant factors that everyone should know about heart disease.

Risks:

  1. 56% of seniors have been told by a healthcare professional to improve their health.
  2. 60% of adults over the age of 50 don’t know their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
  3. 44% of adults monitor their blood pressure outside of the doctor’s office.
  4. 83% believe that heart attacks and stroke can be prevented, but aren’t motivated to do anything.
  5. 99% of Americans need to improve their heart health.
  6. 72% don’t consider themselves at risk for heart disease.
  7. 58% of Americans put no effort into improving their heart health.

Facts:

  1. HEART DISEASE IS THE #1 LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES.
  2. 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease and stroke.
  3. Lowering your blood pressure may decrease your risk of stroke and heart disease by about 50%.
  4. Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack.
  5. Each year, an estimated 470,000 Americans will have another heart attack.
  6. Every 39 Seconds someone dies from heart disease and stroke.
  7. Every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event.

Risks and fact statistics courtesy of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Steps Towards Heart Disease Prevention:

  1. Get enough exercise. This means at least 30 minutes of exercise almost every day of the week.
  2. Quit smoking.If you do smoke, it’s time to quit.
  3. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables while limiting saturated fats, salt, and foods containing cholesterol, like fatty meats.
  4. Watch your numbers. Get regular check-ups to monitor health conditions that affect the heart, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, and make sure they’re under control with medication.
  5. Reduce your alcohol intake. Excess alcohol consumption can worsen health conditions that contribute to heart disease, like blood pressure, arrhythmias, and high cholesterol levels.
  6. Minimize stress in your life. Stress can compound many heart disease risks that seniors already face, steering you toward an unhealthy lifestyle. Find healthy outlets to relieve stress and lower your heart disease risk.
  7. Watch your weight. Too many pounds can add up to increased heart disease risk. To help prevent heart disease, maintain a healthy body weight for your size.

Heart disease prevention tips courtesy of everydayHEALTH.

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