Heart Month 2015: Creating a Blood Pressure Action Plan

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Did you know that more than 1.6 million Canadians are living with the effects of heart disease and stroke? With so much of our population affected, Home Care Assistance of Caledon wanted to share information about how to lower seniors’ risk for heart disease and stroke, helping to spread awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Heart Month 2015 campaign.

Although elevated blood pressure is a major contributing factor in the development of both heart disease and stroke, it is also one of the most manageable components. Creating a blood pressure action plan is a great way for seniors to take charge of their own health, while also preventing illness.

Frequent Monitoring

Seniors who have high blood pressure should take readings with a dependable device at least once a day, at the same time every day, and record their results. It is wise to invest in a high-quality monitor in order to ensure that the numbers are accurate.

Exercise Diligently

Caledon stroke care experts recommend that older adults with hypertension need to form a daily, regular exercise routine and stick with it. Moderate exercise that is enjoyed, not merely endured, is more likely to become an established habit because it provides a positive outlet.

Quitting the Tobacco Habit

Smoking is a habit that can be very difficult to quit. One of the best routes to quitting is to approach the task gradually and with help. Many programs for stopping smoking are available with or without medications and are available to seniors throughout Caledon.

Cutting Down on Salt

Increased sodium in the diet can cause elevated blood pressure, and many pre-packaged food items and restaurant selections are loaded with excessive amounts of salt. Establishing a habit of checking food labeling for sodium content is important. It is also wise to create a diet that is primarily composed of fresh foods, which have little or no salt content.

Weight Reduction

Excessive body weight puts an unnatural strain on the heart that can result in high blood pressure. Starting a reasonable weight loss plan that includes replacing high-fat foods with healthier choices and adding healthy physical activity is the best way to achieve long-lasting results.

If you or an aging parent or loved one are interested in embarking on a journey for a more heart-healthy lifestyle, call 905-951-8885 and learn more about the Balanced Care Method from Home Care Assistance of Caledon. With an approach to care that focuses on healthy diets, regular exercise, social ties and achieving calmness and purpose, we are helping promote health, happiness and longevity for our clients. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!