One in every Four deaths in America is the result of heart disease. Heart disease occurs when a build up of plaque makes it difficult for blood to flow, thus creating a risk for stroke or heart attack. According to the CDC, the leading cause of death for Senior Citizens is heart disease. More than sixty percent of Senior Citizens age 65 or older have hypertension. That percentage climbs to more than seventy-five percent when men and women reach 75 years or older.
Some major signs of heart attack include:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Cold Sweats
- Pain or discomfort in the upper body including the jaw, arms, neck, upper body or upper stomach
Many people, including Seniors, do not act on these signs and symptoms, which often lead to death. It is important to get immediately checked out by a doctor if you experience any of these signs, even if they are minor!
Do not wait before these signs and symptoms occur to take charge of your health. Those Americans who are at highest risk for cardiovascular disease are those with High blood pressure, High LDL Cholesterol and Diabetes. Other habits that lead to highest risks for CVD include those who smoke, those who are overweight or obese, those with poor diet or those who consume excessive alcohol.
Stress also plays an important role in Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease typically does not happen overnight. Stress is often overlooked when it comes to heart disease, but can play a significant role. Learning to manage Stress, not just for Cardiovascular Disease prevention, but for an overall better quality of life is crucial. Here are a few tips to consider in managing your personal stress:
Pinpoint the factors in your life that are making you the most stressed. Is there a conversation that needs to be had with someone? Do you need more support or help with something in your life? Are you silently grieving or feeling guilty about something? Are you unhappy with a situation and are looking for a change? As soon as you pinpoint the core issues causing stress, it is easier to come up with effective solutions.
Talk to someone trustworthy that can help you navigate the challenges of your stress. Whether it’s a trusted partner, friend, sibling, clergyman, therapist, etc. make sure the person is willing to hear your challenges with an open mind. Sometimes it is best to talk to someone who is not involved closely in your life.
Make an Action Plan. Maybe you are unable to change every part of your stressful situation this moment, but focus on the small changes that will eventually lead to bigger changes. Make a list of action steps you can effectively accomplish this week. These should be small, easy to manage tasks! You can also take time to write down action steps in a month, three months, six months, one year and so on to create a plan to alleviate stress in your future.
Make time to relax and do something enjoyable every day. There are a number of ways to do this, but the most important factor is to enjoy something you are doing each day. This might mean spending time with loved ones, spending time alone, taking a walk in nature, laughing, watching a good movie, practicing your hobbies, taking a warm bath, etc.
Exercise for Stress. Exercise isn’t just about getting in shape, but can be a wonderful antidote to stress. Try to find an exercise routine that you enjoy.
Surround yourself with a community you enjoy. This might mean joining a club, being a member of a religious institution, starting a book club, volunteering, becoming a resident of Aston Gardens at , etc! The most important factor is enjoying the community and genuinely wanting to participate.
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