February is often artistically expressed with cherubs and lace and little pink or red hearts. February is also American Heart Month, which is a perfect time to focus on the muscle central to a happy and full life, our hearts.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women, according to the Center for Disease Control. Everyone has the potential to develop heart disease. Risk factors for heart disease can include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, unhealthy diet, and for some, even social isolation.
But don’t worry! There are lots of small changes you can make to keep your ticker ticking!
- Begin with a visit to your doctor to discuss heart health. You can see where you are today through simple tests and work with your doctor to establish healthy heart goals.
- Add exercise to your daily routine. Simple activities like walking, swimming, or dancing can help keep your heart in tip-top shape. It is important to be active every day.
- If you smoke, try to quit. Smoking is very harmful to your health and the health of those around you. The Center for Disease Control offers support to help you quit.
Senior living communities support a heart healthy lifestyle through physical activity programs, social engagements, and the opportunity for residents to take advantage of a 24/7 care staff, should they need assistance. If you are 55 years of age or older and would like to learn more about the benefits of a senior living community like Valley View, call 956-412-7000 to set up an appointment.