Heart disease is a prevalent and pressing health problem for a majority of aging adults. Specifically, most women are still unaware of the dangerous threats of an unhealthy heart. As such, those who don’t actively try to maintain good heart health are at higher risks of suffering from a stroke and even a heart attack. Here are some ways senior women can maintain a healthy heart.
Engage in Social Activities
Being in the company of friends and family can lower the chance of feeling lonely and bored for your aging loved one. Instead of living in a sad and depressive mood, they can laugh more and experience greater happiness. Laughter is proven to be extremely effective and the easiest method to keep the heart robust. When your loved ones laugh, the flow of blood will increase and so does their blood pressure level. In contrast, the feelings of anxiety and sadness will result in a drop in blood pressure to dangerous levels. Engaging in social activities will allow the body to release more mood-boosting endorphins, which enhances overall health and well-being.
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Frequent exercise can help your loved one to lose pounds, which could mitigate the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Regular physical activity can also aid in controlling arterial blood pressure, leading to improved cardiac function and slowing down the degeneration of the heart cells. Thus, the heart can function normally and reduce the risks of developing heart disease when your loved one ages. Some of the best exercises for aging women include yoga, swimming, jogging, walking, and cycling.
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Reduce Intake of Sodium
Aging women are encouraged to use more herbs and spices in their cooking rather than with salt as the higher consumption of salt can directly cause higher blood pressure. As such, the heart and arteries may suffer from an increased strain. The majority of herbs and spices are rich in antioxidants, which are useful in combating free radicals that can damage the heart cells.
Monitor Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease
Heart valve problems are common, especially in older women. Your aging loved one needs to notice any tell-tale signs and start making conscious lifestyle choices. Understanding the symptoms can allow you to spot diseases early and seek immediate medical attention. Some of the most common symptoms related to heart valve disease are chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, and swollen ankles.