Lifestyle Changes that can Help a Person Delay Old Age Problems–Part 1
(Dealing with Possible Heart Problems)
One of the many problems associated with aging is high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can put you at risk for for heart disease and stroke. Your heart is a very sturdy muscle and beats at a steady rate during rest all through your lifetime. Kids and younger people have a higher heart rate when conducting vigorous physical activity. The heartbeat is an electrical activity that keep blood flowing to the different organs of the body and then back to the heart for diverting to the lungs. Here the blood receives pure oxygen, which is then circulated back to the cells of your body.
Causes for Heart Probelms
In response to the natural process of aging, your heart develops a condition called arteriosclerosis or a hardening of the arteries. The valves in your heart also stiffen and its size may increase. All these factors mean that your heart has to work harder to pump blood and this is blood pressure. A genetic predisposition to high blood pressure can also be a reason why you develop the condition as you age. However, by taking care of your heart and making major lifestyle changes, you can keep it healthy and working well.
Preventing Heart Disease
The best way to protect your heart is to get yourself tested early on so you know if you’re at risk. Check with your doctor and have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels assessed regularly. Work with his/her recommendations and follow these precautions:
High levels of bad cholesterol can lead to a building up of plaque in your arteries. As a result, they narrow down and do not allow the oxygen-rich blood to circulate. An excess buildup can lead to heart attack and stroke. Thus, it is very important that you keep your cholesterol levels under control by regularly taking the medication your doctor prescribes and following a low fat, high-fibre and low-sodium diet.
- If you have high blood pressure, make sure you take the prescribed medication on time.
- Quit smoking and excessive drinking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly (30 minutes of moderately vigorous activity at least 5 times a week should be good for starters)
- Avoid stress
- If you have diabetes, keep it under control.
- Give up your sedentary lifestyle and get moving. Take up a hobby that involves physical efforts.
- Study the symptoms of a heart attack or irregular heartbeats and if you sense any of them, see a doctor right away.
By keeping these precautions in mind, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe from heart problems and lead a full, healthy life.