Heart-Healthy Lifestyle in Every Decade

“Heart-Healthy Lifestyle in Every Decade”

The heart is a part of the body inside your chest that pumps blood around your body and keep you alive. Many people nowadays are suffering from heart disease, and many of them died. The death rate from heart attack seems increasing up to now. It is very important to be aware of how to take good care of our hearts. We’ve always worked out but only because we wanted to look good, not because we thought we were doing something good for our hearts. It’s never too early for you to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle.

If you are between 20 and 30 years old, the preventive steps you take now will have far-reaching consequences on your heart health throughout your life.

Your lifestyle is made up of everyday choices— what you eat, and how physically active you are, whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or use birth control pills, all of which may have a major impact on your long-term health.

Make a heart-smart choice today and every day.

a.) Establish healthy eating patterns and identify healthy foods and beverage options for your grab-and-go lifestyle.

b.) Remember that your body is keeping score. Stay away from junk food and calorie-laden beverages just to control on how to look good on the outside. A steady diet of unhealthy fats and sodium will gradually damage your arteries.

C.) Learn about your family’s health history to determine whether you’re at risk for heart disease.

At the 20’s:

By your 20’s is a good time to start thinking about what’s going on with your heart and cardiovascular system. It’s not just a man’s disease or an old person’s disease. Heart disease is largely preventable. Important research has identified that lifestyle choices such as poor diet, lack of physical activity smoking, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol are controllable risk factors for heart disease.

Your heart-healthy priorities for your 20’s are :

1. Pay attention to what you eat.

2. Adopt a regular exercise routine.

3. Manage your weight.

4. Check your family history for risk factors.

5. Schedule regular annual check-ups.

6. Don’t smoke

7. Be aware of social situations affect your life

8. Choose your birth control method carefully.

At the ’30s

Most women in their 30’s are busy. Really busy, but don’t be too busy to take care of yourself.

To make your heart health priority:

a.) Start managing your weight now.
b.) Make sure exercise is on your to-do list or daily planner.
C.) Monitor your numbers.

By your 30’s there’s a good chance that you have already developed some potential threats to your heart. You might even be able to reverse the effects of poor choices you may have made in your 20’s. You can start small. Focus on the important things you can control, such as eating well and exercise.

Your heart-health priorities for your 30’s are:

1. Commit to taking care of your health now.
2. Develop a nutritious eating plan.
3. Add physical activities to your schedule.
4. Establish a healthy weight and maintain it.
5. Record your family’s health history.

At the ’40s

Statistics show that being a woman if you reach your 50’s without developing the major risk factors for heart disease, you face only an 8 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease. With those odds, it just makes good sense to work or continue to work at staying at risk-free as possible. Your 40’s present a golden opportunity to take charge and improve your health or recommit to the healthy-lifestyle you may already be living. That most actionable steps you can take with the biggest pay off are eating well, being physically active, and managing your weight. Resolve to make every calorie count toward good nutrition and every step count toward an active way of life.

Your heart-healthy priorities for your 40’s are:

1. Stick to a healthy eating pattern.
2. Stay active.
3. Maintain a healthy weight.
4. Know your risks.
5. Develop a good relationship with your doctor.
Even if you’ve lapsed into a sedentary lifestyle over the years or have never been active at all, it’s not too late to make exercise part of your prescription for being and staying healthy.

At the ’50s
Your body is changing and those changes affect your heart. Menopause brings with it increase the risk of heart disease. Use the life management skills you acquired to take better care of yourself:
a.) Make every calorie count.
b. ) Get or stay physically active
C.) Make sure your heart-healthy is part of every physical exam.
Your lifestyle choices, particularly those involving smoking, nutrition, physical activity, and weight management, can still have a huge impact on your heart. If you are a woman in your 50’s you must be aware that you have moved into a new risk group for heart disease and heart attack. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, especially after menopause. You can slow down or even stop the progression of risk factors that threaten your heart. You even may be able to undo the damage from your earlier years by breaking unhealthy habits.
Your heart-healthy priorities for your 50’s are;
1. Establish a nutritious eating plan.
2. Be physically active.
3. Maintain a healthy weight.
4. Monitor existing risk factors.
5. Manage the risk factors that you can control or change.
6. Recruit a team of health care providers.
7. Take your medications to control risk factors
8. Educate yourself about any heart condition you may have. You need to balance your daily food intake with the energy your body is burning. Hormonal changes resulting from menopause can affect your cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
At the ’60s
Your risk of heart attack is now equal to that of man. Many women in their 60’s already had some form of heart disease without even knowing it. Your heart-healthy priorities for your 60’s are:
a.) Pay attention to good nutrition.
b. ) Make Physical activity a priority.
C.) Maintain a healthy weight.
d.) Manage your risks
e.) Actively partner with your doctor.
f.) Learn the sign of heart attack and share them with your friends.
Making the right dietary changes such as adding vegetables, fruits and whole grains can have a profound effect on heart disease risk. Remember that it is the overall pattern of your choices that counts the most.
At the ’70s and Beyond
It’s never too late to benefit from a heart-healthy lifestyle. Although your senior years definitely carry an increased risk for her heart attack, the medical community has made great strides in diagnosing and treating these conditions, especially in women. Maintain your heart-healthy habits air add new ones.
a.) Be sure to eat well.
b.) Stay physically active
c ) Do not accept struggling with stairs.
d.) Know the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
e.) Do something healthy for yourself.
By choosing to live healthily and stay upbeat, you are protecting your vitality and independence. Healthy behaviour choices may actually do as much if not more than medicine to maintain the quality of your life well past your 80’s. In fact, almost 74 per cent of women will have high blood pressure by age 65. Your heart-health priorities in your 70’s and beyond are:
1. Eat well
2. Stay active.
3. Manage your weight.
4. Monitor your heart health and folly through
5. Maintain good communication with your doctors.
Your checklist for achieving heart health in your 70s and beyond are as follows:
Make eating well a priority. Stay as physically active as you develop a plan to eat good food nutrition. Partner with a network of trusted health care professionals. Get a regular health check-up and communicate openly with health care providers. Follow your doctor’s recommendation for managing risks factors for heart disease. Take medications as prescribed, and know the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
American Heart Association: A complete guide to Women’s Heart Health 2004

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