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Advantages of Heart Health in Older Patients

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 […] Read More