Of course, hearts are an external symbol of love and passion. But, your heart is also the life center of your body. To explain, “the human heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes” (Live Science). Therefore, keeping your heart healthy as you grow older is a crucial building block for aging gracefully. However, 1 in 6 Canadian older adults (65+) are diagnosed with Chronic Heart Disease.
Although you can't change some risk factors, such as genetics, you can change others. For example, your diet. Because 80% of premature heart disease and strokes can be prevented, you should ensure your lifestyle choices are working towards healthy options.
Most importantly, educating yourself on symptoms, risks and prevention is key to maintaining a healthy heart. Therefore, to help get you started with heart care we have created this handy infographic (to the left) to help you learn more about heart disease and how you can best keep your heart healthy.
Specifically, at Ohana Care we offer many services to help you age healthily, which includes keeping a healthy heart. For example, our registered nurses assist in identifying symptoms and risks. Also, we help to mitigate risks through prevention actions. Consequently, our caregivers and companions are all trained to provide customized care tailored to your specific needs. As a result, we can help you manage your heart health. For example, we can formulate healthy diets, daily activities to help you move more, and provide expert assistance to manage stressors in your life. Also, we can even help you formulate questions for your doctor to ensure you are well informed about your heart.
Accordingly, if you need assistance adding heart happy habits into your life, then a custom care program by an Ohana Care companion can assist with keeping you aging gracefully.