The American Heart Association reports that the number of Americans with CHD has increased to an estimated 16.3 million, more than half of whom are 65 or older. Older adults face many barriers to preventing, recognizing, diagnosing, treating and managing heart disease. One common challenge is that older adults do not have access to heart disease education, support and resources due to the “digital divide.” When older adults CAN access health information related to heart disease, there are often health literacy issues caused by cognitive loss, poor vision, fatigue, depression, isolation and chronic pain. This infographic provides a visual snapshot of the steps that older adults and their family/professional caregivers can take to fight heart disease.
It is very important to talk with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet, level of activity, routine and treatment plan. These are general recommendations that have been shown to improve outcomes for people who are living with heart disease as well as people at risk. Your healthcare provider will help you to understand and personalize your treatment plan based on your condition.