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7 simple home health steps to a longer, healthier life

At Palmeira Home Health, heart health is key to living a longer, healthier life for our patients.

On September 29 World Heart Day, Palmeira will focus on preventative heart health measures for patients under our home-based care.

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According to the American Heart Association, hypertension is a leading cause of preventable death and a contributor to premature disability and institutionalization in seniors.

Reviews by medical experts through a host of studies showed that the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death can be reduced in adults older than 65 if they’re treated for high blood pressure the same way younger people are — when readings hit 130/80.

Treating high blood pressure in older people can be “challenging” because seniors have other existing health issues, take other medication that could interfere, and have higher rates of frailty.

But three decades of randomized controlled trials “have included large numbers of older persons and in every instance … more intensive treatment has safely reduced the risk of [cardiovascular disease] for persons over age 65, 75 and 80 years,” according to treatment guidelines released in November by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and nine other health organizations.

Taking care of yourself can lead to a longer, healthier life, says Palmeira CEO Gen Barter. “There are seven simple steps that research has shown can make a difference. Each involves making good choices and requires some discipline, but all are doable.”

“Life’s Simple 7” by the American Heart Association:

  • Eating better, which can stave off chronic disease. Steps include increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight because this can reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and bones.
  • Exercising, which can help with your cholesterol levels, weight and muscle tone.
  • Quitting cigarettes because even one can hurt you.
  • Managing blood pressure. Unhealthy ranges strain the heart, arteries and kidneys.
  • Controlling cholesterol to give your arteries the best chance to stay clear of fatty blockages that reduce blood flow.
  • Reducing blood sugar. This can lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

At Palmeira Home Health, we partner with your doctors and the American Heart Association in urging you to follow these heart health safety tips for a Happy World Heart Day!