Heart Disease and Stroke In older adults

By: Kaitlyn Fisher


Improve cardiovascular health and quality of life through prevention, detection, and treatment of risk factors for heart attack and stroke; early identification and treatment of heart attacks and strokes; prevention of repeat cardiovascular events; and reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Barriers to Overcome

1.) Access to health care 2.) Lack of insurance for screenings 3.) Knowing signs and symptoms to look for with heart disease and stroke 4.) Lack of knowledge regarding preventing disease, i.e. healthy eating and exercise 5.) Proper medication to manage disease already occurring 6.) Transportation to appointments

How can I overcome these barriers:

1.) Attend free blood pressure and heart screenings out in the community

2.) Promote healthy eating and cardiovascular exercise


"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship." -Buddha 1.) Taking control of health promotes a sense of empowerment 2.) Greater quality of life with less stress of worrying about possible health complications 3.) Reduces risk for future heart attacks or stroke if already occurred

Action Steps

1.) Go with a family member or friend community screenings 2.) Go on a nature walk and enjoy the fresh air 3.) Take a cooking class or cook with a friend to promote healthy eating. Doing these activities with a buddy can make tasks more enjoyable and fun!

Community Resources

1.) Know Your Numbers screenings 2.) Senior Transportation Company 3.) Meals on Wheels 4.) American Heart Association



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