February is American Heart Month: 5 Tips for a Healthier Heart

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February 2018 is American Heart Month. An estimated 600,000 people die because of heart disease every year.

In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both women and men. During the month of February, people are asked to honor those they have lost to heart disease, and also to learn more about heart disease and how it can be prevented. Below are five tips to help your older adult relative to achieve better heart health.

 

Home Health Care in Plantation FL: Healthier Heart Tips

Home Health Care in Plantation FL: Healthier Heart Tips

 

#1 Keep an Eye on Blood Pressure

Older adults have their blood pressure checked at least once per year. High blood pressure makes it harder for oxygen-rich blood to pump through the body and reach the heart. To push the blood through, the heart has to work harder, which can wear it out. In addition, when a body part doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can start to die. To maintain a healthy blood pressure, your aging relative should reduce the sodium in their diet, and eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They also need to exercise and keep stress levels as low as possible. If their doctor prescribes blood pressure medication, it’s important that they take it. Home care can help seniors to manage high blood pressure by cooking healthy meals, encouraging them to be physically active, and reminding them to take medications.

 

#2 Be Active

Physical activity is important for lowering and managing blood pressure. Older adults should be physically active for at least 30 minutes on a minimum of 5 days of the week. It’s also not a good idea to spend hours at a time sitting. A home care provider can encourage the senior to be more active by inviting them to go for walks and engaging them in other physical activities.

 

#3 Stay at a Healthy Weight

If the older adult is currently at a healthy weight, they should try to stay there. Eating right and exercising will help them to maintain their weight. If they are overweight, eating right and exercising can help them to shed excess weight. Home care can assist with weight management by cooking healthy meals and encouraging exercise. If the senior enjoys group exercise classes, a home care provider can drive them to the class.

 

#4 Quit Smoking

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. If the senior smokes, they should try to quit. Their doctor can provide strategies for smoking cessation. Home care can help with smoking cessation by being a source of support when the older adult feels the urge to smoke. They can provide distractions and when you have a home care provider present, it may make the older adult more likely not to smoke.

 

#5 Manage Stress

Stress can be hard on the heart, but having home care can reduce stress for seniors. A home care provider allows the older adult to spend more time and energy doing what they enjoy by handling the tasks that become more difficult as we age. Home care providers can cook, clean, and run errands. Also, knowing that someone will be there to assist them when needed can greatly reduce some of the stress people experience as they age.

 

If you or a family member are in need of Home Health Care in Plantation, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

 

Sources

https://www.webmd.com

http://www.heart.org

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.