Heart Disease In older adults

Healthy People 2020 Objective: Reduce coronary heart disease deaths

Let's see what you already know:

1) What is the leading cause of death in older adults? a) Diabetes b) COPD c) Heart Disease d) Cancer

2) What is the most common sign of a heart attack? a) chest pain b) fever c) chills d) headache

3) In what ways can you improve your heart health? a) diet b) exercise c) annual health checkups d) all of the above

Facts: Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2010: 51% of cardiovascular procedures were performed on people age 65 years and older. 58% of heart transplant recipients were age 50 and older.
  • An estimated 83.6 million American adults have 1 or more types of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).
  • About 66% of CVD deaths occur in people age 75 and older.
Assessment: How do you know?
  • Older adults need educated on heart health and often miss diagnosis heart attacks.
  • Signs and Symptoms of a heart attack: chest pain, tightness in chest, pain radiating to arm or back, fatigue, lightheadedness, anxiety.
  • Women are more likely to have atypical symptoms than men.
  • Early diagnosis can potentially save the clients life and improve the over outcome.
Overcoming Barriers: What can you do to improve your heart health?
  • Diet is the primary intervention to prevent heart disease. Consuming high fat and cholesterol foods can clog the arteries leading to a heart attack.
  • Exercise to increase metabolism and burn fat. Metabolism decreases with age and it is harder to burn of calories as you age.
  • Annual Physicals and Check-ups to get a baseline on your heart and to recognize early signs of heart disease.
  • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol level because both contribute to a decrease in heart health if elevated.
Motivators: Love your heart ❤️

You only get one heart and you should take care of it. It is the powerhouse of your body and if it fails so does the rest of your body. Educating the older adults will help to prevent heart disease and also catch it early so that it can be treated before causing death.

“I saw many people who had advanced heart disease and I was so frustrated because I knew if they just knew how to do the right thing, simple lifestyle and diet steps, that the entire trajectory of their life and health would have been different.” » Mehmet Oz

Action Steps: What can you do today?
  • Minimize red meat to keep a healthy heart beat.
  • Create a workout plan that is easy to follow and not too strenuous. Examples being taking a walk daily or riding a bike. 30 minutes is recommended.
  • Start to plan healthy balanced meals. Include foods high in protein but not calories or cholesterol and fat. Try to avoid food high in sodium and sugar. Drink water!
  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor to get a check-up on your heart and overall health.
Community Resources: Where can you get help?
  • Primary Healthcare Provider
  • Community Library
  • Internet sources
  • American Heart Association- http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
“Heart disease let’s defeat, Keep a healthy Heart Beat”

Did you learn anything new?

1) What is the leading cause of death in older adults? a) Diabetes b) COPD c) Heart Disease d) Cancer

2) What is the most common sign of a heart attack? a) chest pain b) fever c) chills d) headache

3) In what ways can you improve your heart health? a) Diet b) Exercise c) Monitor/ Annual health checkups d) all of the above

ANSWERS: 1- 2-3-D

“Hear your heart. Heart your health.”

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