Do you think that your elderly loved one is at a higher risk of developing heart disease? Maybe they have a family history of heart disease, eat unhealthy foods, or don’t exercise. All of these things could increase their risk of heart disease. If you are worried about this for your loved one, now is the time to help them reduce their risk. When it comes to matters of heart health, your elderly loved one shouldn’t wait to do something about it. The sooner your elderly loved one makes the necessary changes, the sooner they can lower their risk and improve their health.
Getting Rid of Bad Habits
There are many bad habits that could increase the risk of heart disease. One of the main ones is tobacco use. Smoking tobacco increases the risk of damaging one’s heart and blood vessels. In addition, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke can cause an increase in blood pressure. Due to this fact, the smoker’s heart needs to do a lot more work to function properly. Smoking any amount, even a couple of cigarettes a day can increase the risk of heart disease. If your elderly loved one is a smoker, now is the time to help them stop.
If your elderly loved one doesn’t do so already, they should start incorporating regular exercise into their life. Being more physically active can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Even exercising for 30 minutes each day could improve heart health. If your elderly loved one needs some encouragement for exercising, maybe you or their home care providers could exercise with them. It doesn’t have to be anything heavy or difficult. Even a 30-minute walk daily could help.
If you want to help lower your elderly loved one’s risk of developing heart disease, helping them to have a better diet will be a good idea. There are heart-healthy foods that you can add to your loved one’s diet including vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and more. In addition, you should have your loved one limit the number of processed foods and red meat they eat. This is because these foods are bad for the heart.
If your elderly loved one has a lot of stress in their life, you can help them to lower that. Making lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and exercising can help with this. In addition, make sure your elderly loved one has downtime to do things they enjoy. This can help to lower their stress level, as well.
These are some ways that elderly adults can reduce their risk of heart disease. Work with your elderly loved one to do these things starting today.