Seniors have a higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack as advancing age creates a natural thickening in the heart’s chamber walls. Increased stress or unusual physical activity in Seniors cause irregular heart rhythms as blood pressure rises. According to the American College of Cardiology “… 90% of stroke risk is due to modifiable risk factors; 74% is due to behavioral risk factors.” The leading cause of death in the United States for those over the age of 65 is Heart Disease. This article addresses the risks and how to avoid them.

Plaque

Cholesterol deposits, fatty substances, calcium, and added waste form Plaque. Buildup of plaque narrows artery walls and may completely block an artery, causing a heart attack.

High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol

The force exerted by blood flowing against the walls of blood vessels is known as blood pressure. If this pressure is pushed disproportionately when blood is delivered to body organs damage to the heart results. When hearts are forced to work harder High blood pressure occurs.

Disproportionate amounts of Cholesterol thicken artery walls, narrow openings, and decrease blood flow. Proper nutrition will lessen the bad effects of cholesterol. Choose foods low in sugar, salt, and fat. Healthy foods include leafy greens, unprocessed whole grains, a variety of berries, fatty fish, and small amounts of dark chocolate. Including these in a diet will lower the risk of heart disease by providing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Hearts and Medication

Medications are available to reverse symptoms of heart disease. Consult a physician to see what may be best for you or if supplements are available.

Healthy Living

Practice physical activity often. Numerous Senior-friendly workouts are offered online or at local Senior Centers. Quit bad habits. If you or your Senior smoke there is a significant risk of damaging artery walls. Manage stress by finding time to meditate or reflect quietly on the positives of life.

Regular doctor visits will detect issues in advance and identify any needed care for your heart. Be open and transparent with physicians regarding questions concerning health issues. Always take time for your health and well-being.

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