Recent information released from the American Heart Association (AHA) emphasizes the importance of physical activity for improving the independence and quality of life of older adults with heart disease. In a Scientific Statement published in the AHA Journal Circulation, two points made were:
- “Improving physical function among older adults with heart disease helps heart health and even the oldest have a better quality of life and greater independence.
- Healthcare providers should emphasize cardiac rehabilitation when appropriate and provide individualized guidance on increasing daily physical activities for older patients with heart disease.”
It is important to realize that even though patients may have received appropriate medical intervention for a heart attack or cardiac event, the impact of the cardiac event on older adults can negatively impact their functional ability. “Unintentional weight loss, exhaustion, slowness while walking and low levels of physical activity” can all contribute to decrease functional ability.
“The new statement details an array of methods for healthcare professionals to measure factors related to functional status in older patients to help them improve their quality of life and ability to remain independent.”
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