Whether you’re 21 or 63, you hold the future of your heart in your hands. Make smart choices today.
February is American Heart Month – an excellent time to evaluate your lifestyle and ensure that you are making heart-healthy choices as you go about your daily routine. Your heart is too important to ignore! Don’t compromise it with poor habits and irregular healthcare. No matter how old you are, there are steps you can take to better your chances of a future free of heart disease.
If you’re 20…
- Establish an exercise routine now. The longer you wait to embrace an active lifestyle, the harder it will be.
- Develop a taste for nutritious foods. Discover what veggies you love. Trade steaks and hamburgers for lean meats and fish. Start collecting the heart-healthy recipes that will serve you well for the rest of your life.
- Avoid cigarettes. Even exposure to secondhand smoke can increase your risk for heart disease down the road.
If you’re 30…
- Keep your stress under control. Your career may be very demanding at this age, but you could be damaging your heart if you don’t allow yourself to relax and recover.
If you’re 40…
- Don’t let yourself go. It may easier to gain weight at this age, but those extra pounds are increasing your chances of experiencing heart disease.
- Keep an eye on your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood glucose. Talk to your doctor about how you can keep these numbers in a healthy range.
If you’re 50 or older…
- Watch for warning signs. As you age, your likelihood of developing heart disease increases. Head to the ER immediately if you experience chest pain or other signs of a heart attack.
Learn more about the prevention and warning signs of heart disease at our online health library and our Chest Pain Center. If you have further questions, give our free Consult-a-Nurse® service a call at 1-888-741-5119. A healthcare professional is always available to provide answers or a physician referral.