Supporting Heart Health in Older Adults

2 Feb 2024 | Advice

February is National Heart Month, a time to remind us of the importance of cardiovascular health, especially among older adults. At Eximius Support, we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults through our comprehensive live-in care services, recognising the critical role heart health plays in their overall well-being. In this article, you will learn heart-healthy practices to incorporate into your life and the lives of those you love.

Understanding Heart Health in the Elderly

Heart health becomes increasingly vital as we age. The risk of heart diseases, such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, and heart failure, rises significantly among the elderly. Early detection and management of these conditions are crucial to improving life quality and longevity. 

Heart-Healthy Diets

Diet plays a significant role in maintaining heart health. A heart-healthy diet focuses on consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products while limiting salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats. Incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and flaxseeds, can also contribute to cardiovascular health.

Exercise and Heart Health

Physical activity is so essential for keeping the heart strong and efficient. However, exercise for older adults should be tailored to individual health conditions and mobility levels. Activities such as walking, swimming, and gentle yoga can significantly benefit heart health without putting undue strain on the body. The goal is to make exercise a safe, enjoyable, and integral part of their daily routine.

Monitoring and Managing Heart Health

Regular monitoring is very important to ensure continued heart health. As instructed by healthcare providers, regular check-ups allow monitoring of vital signs. Adhering to medication regimens is essential to remain as healthy as possible. It’s also important to be aware of heart disease symptoms and to seek medical care early if symptoms arise. 

Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Heart

Beyond diet and exercise, several lifestyle factors can impact heart health. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and high-stress levels are known risk factors for heart disease. Making positive lifestyle changes, such as adopting a smoke-free life, reducing alcohol intake, and using stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness and relaxation exercises, can go a long way to improving and maintaining heart health.

The Eximius Approach

We understand that each client has unique needs and preferences. Our care plans are tailored to address specific health conditions, lifestyle preferences, and personal goals, ensuring a comprehensive support system that goes beyond basic care needs. We work closely with healthcare professionals to stay informed about our clients’ health status and adjust our care plans as needed. This collaborative approach ensures that our clients receive the best possible care tailored to their specific cardiovascular health needs.

Contact Eximius Support today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you. Our expert team is ready to create a personalised care plan, ensuring you and your loved ones peace of mind.

Further Reading

Daily Heart-Healthy Habits for Older Adults

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