World Heart Day: Promoting Healthy Heart Habits

By September 29, 2014Archives

World Heart Day, the largest global awareness campaign on heart disease, is today, September 29th. World Heart Day promotes a heart healthy environment in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is a major threat to seniors’ health. In fact, 84% of older adults aged 65 and older die from it. Here are some helpful tips to keep your heart healthy and your mind at ease!

Quit Smoking – This addicting habit has plenty of negative effects on the heart. For starters, tobacco constricts the blood vessels and causes poor circulation. This leads to numerous vascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Secondly, tobacco contains carbon monoxide, which reduces the amount of oxygen your blood can carry to your brain, lungs, and heart. Nicotine is a stimulant that increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Over time, these two things can create extreme wear and tear on your heart.

Get Exercise – Being physically inactive is a serious risk to your heart’s health. It’s important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise (if not more) each day to obtain a healthy heart. When it comes to exercise there are two types you should do regularly.

  1. Aerobic – Otherwise known as cardio workout, aerobic exercise is great for your heart. Walking, swimming, and biking fall under this category. Aerobic exercise improves the strength of your heart, making it more efficient at pumping blood to the rest of your body.
  2. Anaerobic – Otherwise, known as weight training, anaerobic exercise is a great way to improve muscle strength. This leads to healthier metabolism and a stronger immune system.

Eat Healthy – Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is critically important as you age. The helpful nutrients from these foods, such as fiber and vitamin C, can help stave off the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.

Drink Less Alcohol – Too much alcohol can increase the amount of fats in the blood stream. Too much fat in the blood stream adds to the risk of heart disease as well as several other defects to the body. Anything more than one or two drinks a day could increase the risk of alcoholism and poor heart health.

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