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Preventing Heart Disease at Every Age

February 14, 2017

Family OutdoorsIt’s never too late to adopt healthier habits. No matter your age, there are specific lifestyle choices you can make or continue to follow to help prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet. Eat lean meats and oily fish. Make sure you’re eating lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Eliminate or reduce the sugar and sweetened drinks and select foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.

  2. Exercise Regularly. The American Heart Association recommends both cardio and strength training exercises to reduce risk of heart disease. Cardio, or aerobic exercises, will help strengthen your heart and build endurance while strength training will help your major muscle groups.

  3. Know the Warning Signs. We’ve all heard of chest pain, shortness of breath and tingling, but do you know the warning signs for heart attacks and strokes? Warning signs can differ for both men and women. Click here to learn what to look for.


What should you do at your current age to prevent heart disease? We’ve listed below lifestyle choices to consider to stay heart-healthy at every age:

In Your 20’s:

  • Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.

  • Exercise 3-5 times a week.

  • Schedule regular health exams with your primary physician.

In Your 30’s:

  • Understand your family history and raise those concerns to your primary physician for possible early screenings.

  • Stay active. Exercise and a healthy diet are best for preventative care for your heart.

  • Control your stress. Stress can worsen current diseases and increase risk for others, so find time to relax.

In Your 40’s:

  • Watch for sleep apnea. If you find yourself snoring more often (or your partner mentions it more), have your primary physician check it out. Sleep apnea could lead to high blood pressure and stroke.

  • Metabolism starts to slow down in our 40’s, which could lead to weight gain. Exercise moderately 5 times a week or vigorously at least 3 times a week.

  • Have your blood sugar levels checked.

In Your 50’s and Beyond:

  • If you have been diagnosed with any cardiovascular diseases, make sure to follow your treatment plan provided by your primary physician. This may include screenings, medications, and diet and exercise regiments.

  • Eat a nutritious diet.

  • Exercise as you are able.

  • Know the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke.

Take control of your heart health and schedule your annual checkup with your primary physician. Call (844) 474-4321 to schedule your appointment today.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Medicare Annual Wellness Exam! If you’re currently on Medicare and 65 or older, they will cover one annual wellness visit per year. This is a great opportunity for a checkup and to identify any potential health risks, such as any cardiovascular risks.



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