February brings more than just whimsical hearts on cards; it heralds a month dedicated to heart health awareness. From Women's Heart Week to National Heart Healthy Month and American Heart Month, these observances underscore the crucial message of prioritizing heart health. At Melody Living Colorado Springs, we are committed to shining a spotlight on the vital topic of heart health for seniors, an essential aspect of aging gracefully.
Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of mortality among seniors. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately 80% of individuals aged 65 and older are living with at least one cardiovascular condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 18.2 million adults aged 65 and older have coronary heart disease, while heart failure affects over 6.5 million Americans, with a significant majority being seniors. Factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and physical inactivity contribute significantly to heart-related issues in the senior population.