Your Heart

Keeping your Heart Healthy
Heart disease risks tend to increase with age, but it's not an inevitable part of getting old. People are now living longer than at any other time in history. Adopting the right lifestyle habits and a healthy diet can help reduce or eliminate the risk of heart disease.  

Changing ones lifestyle becomes more difficult as one gets older. As the saying goes, Old habits die hardIt's somewhat comforting as well to do things as one has always done. Many older people resist change until a catastrophe like a stroke happens. A stroke doesn't always kill its victims; it can leave them disabled and completely dependent on care. Not only is this a disaster for the independence and wellbeing of the victim, but it can also be very costly for the NHS.

Nevertheless, to help prevent heart disease make the following diet and lifestyle changes:
  • Get 30 minutes exercise every day. Do chair exercises if you are not mobile (see our videos on Keep your Body Fit)
  • Loose weight
  • Give up smoking
  • Give up salt altogether
  • Get five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  • Eat oily fish such as salmon and sardines
  • Reduce saturated fat
  • Drink less alcohol 
  • Take a walk when you feel under stress
  • Watch your blood pressure 
  • Control diabetes
  • Watch your cholesterol levels

Symptoms of an impending heart attack may include:

·        Feeling faint
·        Weakness or sensation of light-headedness
·        Breathlessness
·        Nauseous or vomiting
·        Pressure in the chest
·        Pains in the back, shoulders or neck you don’t                                        normally have
·        Sweating
·        Irregular heartbeat

The British Heart Foundation

For full information on keeping your heart healthy, visit the website of the British Heart Foundation

Stroke Animation Video

How Your Heart Works Video