Alternative therapies have become popular among a large part of the population in recent years. Treatments such as acupuncture, yoga, massage and even lifestyle changes have been used to combat myriad medical conditions. Though some may question their effectiveness, the methods may offer benefits when it comes to senior care, especially helping manage heart disease.
Many heart disease patients take medication to manage their symptoms, but one of the best ways to do so is through changes to one’s diet. In fact, recent findings have revealed that following a vegetarian lifestyle could lower the risk of suffering a cardiovascular event, such a heart attack or stroke, by as much as 32 percent. Even slight changes, such as avoiding refined sugar, red meat and trans-fats can play a big role in heart health.
Focusing on diet is not the only way for seniors to manage heart disease with alternative therapies, but keeping stress levels low is also important. According to the American Heart Association, simple steps such as staying physically active, getting plenty of sleep and giving up bad habits are all effective ways to reduce stress levels.
There are also herbal remedies that can help seniors improve their heart health, according to AgingCare.com. Herbs such as Ginkgo biloba, Hawthorn berries and ginger each can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.