Learn how to be heart healthy at any age.  Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.  If you don’t smoke, don’t start.  If you do smoke, learn how to quit.  Manage conditions. Work with your health care team to manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  This includes taking any medicines you have been prescribed.  Make heart-healthy eating changes.  Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium.  Try to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit, and aim for low sodium options.  Stay active.  Get moving for at least 150 minutes per week.  You can even break-up the 30 minutes into 10-minute blocks.

Source:  Lorain County Office on Aging The Senior Years Elyria, Ohio 2019