As you age, it is especially important to pay attention to your heart health. However, most people do not put much thought into how they can keep their hearts healthy. Maintaining your blood pressure is an extremely important part of keeping your heart health where it should be.
According to the CDC,
“High blood pressure can damage your arteries by making them less elastic, which decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart and leads to heart disease. In addition, decreased blood flow to the heart can cause: Chest pain, also called angina”
Many Americans suffer from high blood pressure. In fact, Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. (Many don’t even know they have it.) The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. (From heart.org)
The American Heart Association has some suggestions on dietary changes that can be made to help your heart health and keep blood pressure down:
- Incorporate More Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
- Eat More low-fat dairy
- Fill Up on Fiber
- Limit Sodium
- Water is your friend
- Fatty meat is not worth it
- Ease into a new dietary plan
Read more on the above tips at bluestarseniortech.com/health-aging/heart-health-diet-tips-seniors/
It can be overwhelming to make big changes all at once, but the little ones are important, too. “Even small, basic steps can have dramatic effects,” says Dr. Rekha Mankad of the Mayo Clinic.
If you’re concerned about your blood pressure and your heart health, consider trying RPM (remote patient monitoring). We offer RPM through Lifelinx, our blood pressure monitoring program. LifeLinx is a free automatic blood pressure monitoring system that combines technology and clinical techniques to help individuals diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) gain control over their condition. Its unique technology connects patients with doctors, clinicians, family members, and caregivers. See more about Lifelinx at: bluestarseniortech.com/lifelinx/