YOUR AGING HEART
HEARTS AGE AS OUR BODIES AGE
Yes, hearts age. We notice change in our bodies as we age. All we need do is look in the mirror. We cannot keep our bodies from getting older. For many there is the onset of high blood pressure. Others are known to be battling issues with high cholesterol.
We can do something about the rate at which they age.
Aging is dependent upon many different factors. Some of it may be gene dependent. Much of it is the result of our own independent actions.
Normal aging is a process that takes place in all of our bodies. As our heart ages, so does our body. As we age our overall body health is impacted.
BY THE TIME WE GET TO 50
By the time we reach the age of 50 we have existed for 18,250 days.
Our heart has beat some one billion, 800 million times (some 100,000 times a day).
Our heart has pumped some 32 million, 850 thousand gallons of blood throughout some 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Our hearts age is showing.
AT THE HEART OF IT ALL
All of It takes a very unique muscle to accomplish this. The heart is a complex pump of four chambers working in a closed system.
Pic of Heart
The left side of the heart receives newly oxygenated blood from the lungs into the upper chamber. The blood is moved to a lower chamber and pumped into our arterial system.
The upper chamber on the right side of the heart receives blood depleted of oxygen and nutrients. The blood is moved to the lower chamber and pumped out to the lungs to be replenished.
This heart activity must happen in such a way that the volume and flow of blood is provided to your body with what it needs at a blood pressure adjusted for changes in activity and effects of the aging process.
Too often when things go awry when our hearts age. Many experience heart disease and often heart attack.
WEAR AND TEAR
So it shouldn’t surprise us that as our hearts age it doesn’t happen without some wear. To accomplish this task there are three components all working together.
– The Heart (consisting of that muscle’s chambers and valves)
– The Electrical System (supplies the energy causing the heart to beat)
– The Circulatory System (delivering and then returning blood through the body including the hearts own muscles).
AGING AND CHANGING
Changes take place in our bodies as we age. Some is the result of the body getting older. Some is the result of the effect of our diet and activity level.
In the normal process of getting older fat accumulates in the arteries. As more and more accumulates it tends to block the ease of blood flow.
The heart will need to put forth more effort to keep the blood flowing. Arteries that transport the oxygen-enriched blood to the body become stiff and less flexible.
Blood pressure increases and the heart must adjust to this change. The heart must exert more effort and the timing of opening and closing of valves must change. The heart becomes more vulnerable as these changes happen when we get older.
NOT THE SAME FOR EVERYONE
The rate of accumulation of fats is not the same for everyone. The change in the structure of the arteries is not the same for everyone.
Each of us is unique as to what foods we consume.
All foods are not equal.
Some result in increased fat build-up in the arteries.
Some result in the increased build-up of fat in our skeletal structure.
Each of us is unique in our level of exercise.
Exercise is helpful in reducing the effect of fat in our arteries.
Exercise is helpful in reducing build-up of fat in our skeletal structure.
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