Heart Month Tips for Active Adults

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Forget about the super-sized boxes of chocolates; if you really want to show someone how much you love them (and yourself!), take some Valentine’s Day tips from the American Heart Association to help avoid heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest!

Warning Signs

Heart Attack – symptoms differ by individual. If you feel uncomfortable, tired, or “off,” err on the side of caution and visit your doctor as soon as possible. Common symptoms include:

  • Chest discomfort
    • squeezing, fullness, or pressure that may come and go
    • discomfort/pain in either/both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
    • shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort
    • cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness

Stroke – remember FAST:

  • F facial drooping or numbness on one side
  • A arm weakness
  • S speech that is slurred or difficult to understand. (Ask the patient to say, “the sky is blue.” If they have trouble speaking this simple phrase, they may be having a stroke).
  • T time to call 9-1-1.

Cardiac Arrest

  • Loss of responsiveness
  • No normal breathing for 5 seconds or more

In addition to knowing the Warning Signs, you can take steps toward heart health that can help reduce your chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or suffering cardiac arrest. These include:

Eat Healthy – reduce salt consumption (use spices/sodium-free seasonings instead), include vegetables and fruits in your diet, reduce saturated fat in your diet, choose whole grains, and reduce portion sizes.

Manage Stress – slow down, reduce bad habits (smoking, alcohol, caffeine), get adequate sleep, volunteer/give back, laugh more, and spend time with friends and family who support you and will listen if you need to talk.

Engage in Physical Activity – walk, ride a bike, practice yoga, dance, swim… Try to be active for at least a part of every day.

Manage Weight – when your weight is in a healthy range, your blood circulates more efficiently and you are less likely to develop heart disease.

While living in a Windsong community is not an official AHA recommendation, the luxurious kitchen is ideal for preparing healthy meals, open floor plans and outdoor living spaces make entertaining more enjoyable, and sidewalks throughout the community encourage walking and cycling.

Welcome to Windsong, Where Life’s A Breeze!

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