Caring at Every Age
You’re never too young to love your heart! That ticker is important at every age, so don’t wait until you’re middle-aged to focus on cardiac care. Here are a few ways you can help prevent heart disease throughout your life:
- In your 20s: Find a physician and get regular check-ups. Know your blood pressure, cholesterol and resting heart rate so you can keep an eye out for any changes as you age.
- In your 30s: Learn stress management techniques. Stress can really affect your health, so finding positive outlets to help lessen stress will benefit your heart for years to come.
- In your 40s: Listen for snoring. If your partner reaches for earplugs at night, follow up with your doctor. Twenty percent of adults have sleep apnea. If it goes untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
- In your 50s: Learn the symptoms of heart attacks. Be aware that heart attacks aren’t always evidenced by a dramatic collapse, and that symptoms in women can be quite different than in men.
- In your 60s: Request an ankle-brachial index test. This uses the pulse in your feet to help diagnose cardiovascular disease.