Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Everyone knows the importance of eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight; we have all heard this speech more than once. However these three things can significantly lower your risk of cardiac disease and even promote heart health. Let’s start with a healthy diet; now this doesn’t mean going on the latest “diet” trend your friends are talking about. A heart healthy diet includes a diet low in sodium (less than 2 grams in a day), high in fiber, and low in fat (specifically those saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol). In addition to what your eating, it is just as important as getting enough water, general recommendation is at least 64 ounces daily. More to come in Cardiac Health (Part 2)!
Heart disease can occur in anyone, but research tells us that there are certain behaviors and conditions that are more likely to lead to heart disease.
Risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Poor diet
- Inactive lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, these deaths are highly preventable when individuals engage in heart healthy behaviors and engage with their physicians for disease management.
Many people believe that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) inevitably comes with old age, there are many things that seniors can do to strengthen their heart and circulatory system.
Home health is an integrative approach that combines the medical treatments prescribed by your physician with specializations in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical dietitians, and skilled nurses to create regimens and systems in your home as part of your disease management.