Stay Heart Healthy in Your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and Over

Making heart healthy choices during any decade of life increases the chances of staying healthy as you age.

Each year, 1 out of every 4 individuals die from heart related diseases. It is important for you to identify and acknowledge your risk factor at a younger age; that way, you can look at preventing it.

It is important to start at an early age to get into healthy eating habits, watching your weight, get daily exercise and good and adequate sleep. 

According to top cardiologists, it’s never too early and it’s never too late to start taking care of your heart, continue reading to learn how to take care of your heart at every age.

Heart Healthy in Your 20’S

  • You should know your cholesterol numbers
  • Know your lipid profile
  • Know if you are at risks for hyperlipidemia
  • You should get regular physicals
  • Stay physically active 
  •  Very important to know all your health history

Heart Healthy in Your 30’S

  • Eat balanced healthy meals 
  • You should start paying closer attention to your family history of heart disease: If you have a brother or father who had a heart attack or bypass surgery by age 55, or a sister or mother with a major heart event by 65, your own risk is doubled.
  • Know your numbers
  • Stay physically active 
  •  know your health history

Feeling Good in Your 40’S

  • If you aren’t already seeing a doctor for a check-up once a year, start doing so now.
  • Manage weight with physical activity; more so because your metabolism is starting to slow down at this point 

Heart Healthy in Your 50’S

  • If you haven’t yet acquired hypertension or Prediabetes, that is a good thing. So, you want to stay heart healthy
  • It’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
  • Monitor changes in your body

Heart Healthy in Your 60’S

  • By now it’s time to get a vascular screening test. It measures your fasting cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c, an important measure for diabetes; examines your carotid arteries for plaque and velocity of blood; checks the aorta for aneurysms; and looks at arteries in the legs for normal blood flow. 
  • managing your weight becomes even more important. And you might also want to consider a calcium scoring test, which scans the heart. 

Rocking Your 70’S and Over

  • The most important thing is to stay active. “When you talk to people whose brains are intact and their hearts are intact at the age of 90, a lot of these people are lifelong exercisers. 

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