Seniors all across Chicago’s Northshore from Highland Park to the Gold Coast love to share funny stories and jokes with their friends and families. Not only is it fun to laugh, but it is healthy to laugh. What most people do not know is laughing provides substantial benefits for a senior’s heart.
The American Heart Association states that heart disease and strokes are the cause of 1 in 3 deaths in women in the United States. 80% of those deaths could be prevented, so it is important to encourage all loved ones to learn more about cardiovascular disease.
The health benefits a senior receives from laughing can last for a 24-hour period. Laughing helps increase “good” cholesterol, decreases hormones associated with stress and reduces inflammation in arteries. The affect that laughter has on a senior’s heart health has a positive impact on their overall physical health.
Knowing the Facts
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America. Currently there are over 80 million people living with cardiovascular disease, which includes high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. Although death rates associated with cardiovascular disease have decreased over the last 10 years, the number of people with high blood pressure has increased.
Due to the advancement in medicine and education about healthy lifestyles, seniors’ heart health has significantly improved over the years. Important steps seniors should take to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease includes not smoking, eating healthy, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and treating conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
The More Laughs, the Better
People with cardiovascular conditions are less likely to laugh compared to those who do not have them. Dealing with stress over time can cause inflammation within the body, which could cause blockage in the arteries resulting in a heart attack.
There are numerous benefits that laughter can do for your heart, and it only takes a little laughter to make big changes. To ensure seniors get on a laughing routine, watch a funny movie, video or comedy bit.