Staying Heart Healthy as You Grow Older Feb. 16, 2017

Heart Health Senior Assisted Living ArkansasAs you get older, your risk of heart disease increases, but aging is only one factor that can raise your risk of heart problems. Fortunately, there are several changes you can make now that will reduce the odds you'll develop heart disease. If you're looking for ways to take control of your heart health as you age, follow the tips below.

Don't Smoke

Smoking more than doubles your risk of developing heart disease, so one of the best things you can do for your heart is avoid smoking. If you currently smoke, it's not too late to quit and reverse at least some of the damage. That's because, within eight years of quitting smoking, your chance of getting heart disease reduces to the same level of nonsmokers.

Lower Your Blood Pressure

Letting hypertension go untreated is dangerous for your whole body, especially your heart. If your doctor says you have high blood pressure, be sure to follow the recommended treatment. That may include medication as well as some natural methods, such as reducing your intake of alcohol and sodium. Once your blood pressure is under control, you'll reduce your risk of heart disease.

Reduce Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol is another condition that needs to be treated if you want to have a healthy heart. After all, for every 1 percent you decrease your cholesterol, you are decreasing your heart disease risk by 2 percent.

Get Active

A sedentary lifestyle can increase your odds of getting heart disease. This means that simply getting some exercise about five days a week can make you healthier in many ways. Even taking a half-hour walk a few days per week will go a long way toward reducing your risk of heart problems.

Stay at a Healthy Weight

Obesity can double the chance that you'll have heart issues as you age. Of course, it can also lead to high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, all of which increase your chance of heart disease. This is why you should stay within the healthy weight range. Increasing physical activity and eating better will help. These lifestyle changes will also further reduce your risk of heart problems.

 At Brookfield Assisted Living in Arkansas, we care about all of our residents. That's why we're happy to assist in keeping you healthy as you age. If you want to know more about what we offer, contact us today.