Age is just a number when you are young at heart. This is a great motto to live by, but staying young at heart, both physically and emotionally, often takes some effort – and positive energy. Here are some great ideas to feel young at heart, no matter your age.
1. Walk. Walking is great for your heart – and it is easy to squeeze into your daily routine. In the morning it is a good way to ease into your day and prepare yourself for what is ahead. Walking after meals may have the added benefit of helping control blood sugar spikes after you eat.
2. Get outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine are good for the body and spirit. A brief time in the sun (10 minutes is enough) can help ensure you have healthy levels of vitamin D, which has many potential health benefits including protection from high blood pressure.
3. Eat heart-healthy foods. Stick to foods low in salt and high in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit saturated and trans fats, which are commonly found in fatty meats, fried foods and cookies.
4. Connect with others. Spending time with others can give you a lift, and that is good for your heart, too.
5. Try out new technology. Often new technology can be intimidating or frustrating until you learn the ropes. These feelings are normal, but it is important not to let them stop you from trying new things. In many cases, new technology can help make your life easier and help you connect with others.
6. Get a good night’s rest. Sleep is an essential part of keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition. People who sleep less than six hours a night are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke. Sleep apnea can also cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure during sleep. Talk to your physician if you think you may have sleep apnea.
Advanced heart care
Keep your heart in good shape with expert care at Baptist Beaumont Hospital’s Heart and Valve Center. We offer advanced surgical and nonsurgical procedures, including coronary CT angiograms and transcatheter valve replacement for older patients who are not candidates for open surgery. Our clinical team guides patients through initial examinations and follow-up appointments. To learn more, call (409) 212-TAVR (8287) or visit www.bhset.net/health-services/cardiovascular-services.