Elderly Men with High Blood Pressure Lower Health Risks with Moderate Exercise

 

Fitness has positive impact on your health regardless of your age.

Elderly men 70 years and older with high blood pressure can lower their risk of heart failure and other serious illnesses by incorporating moderate exercise into their daily routine according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

“This level of fitness is achievable by most elderly individuals engaging in a brisk walk 20 to 40 minutes most days of the week,” said Charles Faselis, M.D., lead author of the study and chief and professor of medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

 Six months ago I noticed my neighbor Mr. Stewart walking around our cul-de-sac every morning as I left for work.  After 2 months of seeing him walk each morning, I noticed the workout clothes that had been on the snug side, we’re now noticeably loose.  I stopped one morning  to congratulate him on his progress.  That’s when I learned he had suffered a heart attack last October.  After spending 2 weeks in the hospital, he was prescribed 5 different medications and was told he’d have to make lifestyle changes. 

Once home,  Mr. Stewart began going through the pamphlets he was given at the hospital.  One was from the American Heart Association,  and on it was their website address.

After settling in,  he logged onto their website and was amazed at all the various information that they provided.  What caught his attention first,  was information on post heart attack exercise.  He knew this was the key to making a full recovery

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