How You Can Keep Your Heart From Aging Prematurely

How You Can Keep Your Heart From Aging Prematurely

February 20, 2017

From Cleveland Clinic

You may think that your heart is as old as you are, but it’s possible that your heart is aging faster than your chronological age. Half of adult men and 20 percent of adult women in this country have a heart that is five years older than their chronological age, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For black people, the gap can be as high as 11 years.

The more your heart ages, the higher your risk for heart attack, stroke and other related problems. Aging hearts are more likely to have stiffer, calcified arteries, thickened and stiffer muscle tissue, abnormalities in the conduction system and dysfunctional valves.

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