Heart disease is a risk for all Americans and especially for those who have a history of heart disease in their family. That’s why everyone—regardless of age—can benefit from healthy lifestyle and medical care choices. You’re never too old or too young!
In your 20s
During your first decade of adulthood, you probably feel pretty great and might not worry about what you eat or how often you exercise. But this is an important time to establish good habits. 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.