Heart attacks among older adults are more common than many people realize; roughly 82% of people who die of coronary heart disease are at least 65, according to the American Heart Association. That said, heart problems can also affect adults under the age of 65; case and point, the recent passing of James Gandolfini at 51 from a heart attack.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a section of heart muscle is blocked. Without blood or oxygen reaching the heart, it begins to die. The risk of suffering a heart attack increases for men at the age of 45 and for women at the age of 55. However, changes in lifestyle can be made to significantly decrease your risk of having a heart attack.
Lifestyle habits that will aid in heart health include eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising at least two hours per week, or 30 minutes per day, four days a week. Take up golf or swimming for low-impact physical activity. In addition to consistent exercise, reducing your consumption of red meat will help keep blood pressure and weight gain down.
Take charge of your health today by listening to your body and making the necessary lifestyle adjustments to start living a happy, healthier life.