Make it a priority to:
- Find a doctor and start getting regular checkups.
- Quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke.
- Develop an active lifestyle.
This decade is full of family and career, which can put a squeeze on taking care of yourself. Make time to:
- Learn your family health history.
- Take a break from stress.
- Share heart-healthy food and exercise with your family.
After 40, your body changes. Now is the time to be more proactive about your heart health. It’s important to:
- Have your blood sugar level and other heart-health indicators checked.
- Respond to metabolic changes and weight gain with exercise.
- Pay attention to snoring and the potential for sleep apnea.
After the big Five-Oh!
Don’t just focus on visible changes like new gray hairs. Pay attention to the how your heart is aging, too. Educate yourself about:
- Treatments prescribed by your doctor.
- The symptoms of heart attack and stroke.
- Heart-healthy recipes and foods.
Sixties and above
You are your best health advocate. Take responsibility for knowing your numbers and risks. Pay attention to:
- Your weight and changing dietary needs.
- Tests needed, such as the ankle-brachial index for peripheral artery disease.
- Recommendations, such as the importance of quick treatment for heart attack and stroke.
Whether you have been diagnosed with a heart condition or need an evaluation, Jefferson Surgical Clinic can provide you with testing and treatment. Dr. Molly Rutherford, a board-certified cardiologist, evaluates and treats a wide range of acute and chronic heart conditions. Call (540) 283-6000 to schedule your consultation.