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IT is im­por­tant for re­tirees to be aware of their car­diac health so as to re­main ac­tive and healthy and to bet­ter be able to en­joy time with friends and fam­ily.

Perth Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute has sev­eral tips to en­sure good car­di­ol­ogy.

Re­main phys­i­cally ac­tive with mod­er­ate aer­o­bic ex­er­cise such as brisk walk­ing, cy­cling, swim­ming or pad­dling at least 30 min­utes ev­ery day.

The Mediter­ranean diet is great for good car­diac health, as is drink­ing less al­co­hol and quit­ting smok­ing.

Know your choles­terol and your blood pres­sure.

If your rest­ing blood pres­sure is con­sis­tently above 130 sys­tolic (the top num­ber), see your doc­tor.

Also check your pulse pe­ri­od­i­cally for ir­reg­u­lar­ity – atrial fib­ril­la­tion (AF) can be­come more com­mon with age and is a stroke risk. Blood pres­sure monitors and some smart phone apps can also de­tect AF.

If AF ap­pears pos­si­ble, see your doc­tor.

Do not ig­nore chest, arm or neck/jaw dis­com­fort on ex­er­tion and seek early med­i­cal ad­vice.

If these symp­toms are pro­longed and es­pe­cially if at rest, call an am­bu­lance.

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