How older adults can protect their heart with nutrition – Pasadena Star News

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By Jamie Mok, MS, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center

Contributing writer

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, accounting for one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The American Heart Association estimates that more than 85 million American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, with about two-thirds of cardiovascular disease deaths occurring in people older than 75.

The National Institute on Aging, meanwhile, says that people older than 65 are more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, or develop heart disease. 

Jamie Mok, MS, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. (Courtesy photo)

No matter the source, everyone is in agreement – heart disease is dangerous and can affect anyone, but especially older adults. Knowing the risk factors of heart disease is the first step in preventing or taking steps to reverse it. While you can’t control your age or family history, you can reduce your risk for heart disease by making healthier lifestyle choices. By eating healthy, quitting smoking and staying active, you can prevent or lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. 

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