As you age, your heart works harder due to the stiffening of the arteries and blood vessels. These changes can increase blood pressure and put you at risk for cardiovascular disease.

To promote heart health:

  • Try exercising by walking or swimming. This will keep you at a healthy weight and lower the risk of heart disease. Aim to exercise at least 2-3 times a week.
  • It is important to reduce stress because it has an effect on the heart. Try exercising, meditating, or receiving professional help from a doctor or counselor.
  • Eat foods such as vegetables, whole grains, protein, and fruits. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar. 
  • Sleep provides restoration to your body, which is why it repairs your heart and blood vessels. Aim to get around 8 hours of sleep each night.