Older patients have specific health needs, but one of the most important is heart health. Many of the issues and health conditions that cause problems for the older adult can be traced back to heart health, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. When counseling older adults, it’s important to cover all the things they can do to maintain and improve heart health.
Activity is one of the major keys to having a healthy body and a healthy heart. Regular aerobic exercise promotes circulation and makes the heart stronger. Exercise can also help older adults maintain flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. An exercise program should include 30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week, strength training of major muscle groups twice a week and balance and flexibility exercises on a daily basis.
The heart is a pump, and there are several ways to help keep it healthy. One of the most important is to avoid tobacco in any form. Another is to manage blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage the heart and cause several heart issues down the road. Weight loss and regular physical activity, stress reduction and a healthy diet can all help keep blood pressure within normal limits, even if the patient must also take medication.
Nutrition is also important to the older adult. In addition to eating correctly in order to lose or maintain weight, older adults may notice changes in taste or smell that affect their eating habits. Nutrient-dense foods are very important, as an older adult’s metabolism gradually slows. These foods offer more nutrients but fewer calories, which helps promote healthy eating while decreasing the chance of weight gain. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, high-quality protein, nuts, and seeds should be part of an older adult’s diet.
For the older adult who wants to lose weight in order to improve his or her heart health, InterHealth offers CardiaSlim®. Weight loss can help decrease risk in the overweight or obese older adult and CardiaSlim® does help with that issue. However, CardiaSlim® also helped improve cholesterol levels when compared to placebo, which is another indicator of heart health. To be effective for your patient, CardiaSlim®, which contains Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana, should be combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
When you’re advising an older adult about improving heart health, consider CardiaSlim®. Please contact InterHealth Nutraceuticals at 1-800-783-4636 or https://www.interhealthusa.com/ for more information or answers to your questions.
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