What can I do now to have heart healthy habits?
- Get enough exercise. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals perform at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.
- Quit smoking. A smoke-free life improves your circulation, reduces your risk of certain types of cancer, and helps you feel more energetic.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet. A diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish and seafood instead of red and processed meats is shown to improve heart health.
- 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.
- Reduce your alcohol intake. Excess alcohol consumption can worsen health conditions that contribute to heart disease, such as high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and high cholesterol levels.
- Watch your weight. Maintain a healthy body weight for your size.
- Get better sleep. Most experts say that seniors should sleep between seven and nine hours each night. Sleep is beneficial for brain functionality, metabolism, immune functionality and emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress factors. Stress can compound many heart disease risks that older adults already face, like high blood pressure.
Not sure where to get started with these recommendations?
Medicare recognizes the role of team in managing your health. The services provided under Medicare’s home health benefit is a free service that allows for a comprehensive and collaborative approach with your physician to manage your care.
Ask your physician if a course of home health can be a part of your heart health plan.