Here’s to Your Health: Heart Health

doctorA representative from Interim Healthcare will present a talk about heart disease at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2017, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. This program is free and open to the public.

About 1.2 million people suffer a heart attack each year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and with age comes an increased risk for heart disease.

Blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart-related numbers tend to rise. Watching the numbers closely and managing any health problems that arise — along with the requisite healthy eating and exercise — can help one live longer and better.

  • Have an ankle-brachial index test. Starting in a person’s 60s, it’s a good idea to get an ankle-brachial index test as part of a physical exam. The test assesses the pulses in the feet to help diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD), a lesser-known cardiovascular disease in which plaque builds up in the leg arteries.
  • Watch your weight. The older body needs fewer calories. Excess weight causes the heart to work harder and increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Exercising regularly and eating smaller portions of nutrient-rich foods may help maintain a healthy weight.
  • Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men. Knowing when you’re having a heart attack or stroke means you’re more likely to get immediate help. Quick treatment can save your life and prevent serious disability.

There will be a Q & A, following the program.

Oak Park Arms Senior Living is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of independent living. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.