Heart disease is the most common medical condition found in Americans aged 65+. As the number one cause of death in the US, heart disease sends millions of seniors to hospital emergency departments every year. If there’s a special senior in your life, finding ways to lower their risk of heart disease should be a priority. What follows are some “heart-healthy” tips that can help ensure that your loved one enjoys their retirement years. 

Fast Facts About Heart Disease

The risk of heart disease rises at age 45 for men, and 55 for women. Older adults are more likely to develop heart disease if they have pre-existing medical conditions that aren’t being managed well- including Type 2 diabetes, chronic high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.

There are many different types of heart disease, including:

  • Heart valve disease
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Heart muscle disease
  • Pericarditis

Obesity, family history, age, inactivity, smoking, not eating a healthy diet, clinical depression and diabetes are all risk factors for heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Tips for Aging Adults 

Helping your aging loved one maintain a higher quality of life is possible. Encourage them to take these heart-healt