How Does Aging Affect Your Heart Health?
Just like the rest of your body, your heart can show signs of aging over the years. While you can’t interrupt the aging process, you can change certain lifestyle factors to keep your heart in good condition. With the right approach to heart health as you get older, you can reduce your risk of age-related heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and hardening of the arteries.
How does the heart work?
Let’s take a look at a healthy heart to understand how aging can impair its vitality:
Your heart’s job is to supply your body with enough oxygen to thrive for the rest of your natural life. It achieves this function via a double-pump action involving four chambers and a series of valves that open and shut, allowing blood to ebb and flow with every beat of your heart. This whole process happens simultaneously and equates to one heartbeat. It occurs about 72 times a minute.1
How does your heart change as you age?
There are many ways your heart may begin to show signs of aging as you age:
- An older heart over 65 years of age is slower to respond to stressful situations and physical activity.
- With age, your heart’s internal electrical system can misfire causing an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia.
- Heart valves can thicken and become stiff, limiting blood flow from the heart.
- Leaky heart valves can cause fluid in the lungs, legs, feet, and abdomen.
- Long-term hypertension can lead to thickened walls of the heart, reducing the amount of blood each chamber can hold.
- Irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation is more common the older you get.
- Old age can cause a sensitivity to salt, resulting in swelling of the feet and ankles, as well as high blood pressure.
What steps can you take to combat heart health changes as you age?
Eat for heart health – follow a heart healthy diet low in salt and saturated fats, and high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Recommended eating plans include the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH diet, rich in wholesome, nutritious foods that are high in potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber – high blood pressure-deflating nutrients.2
Get active every day – to keep your heart in good shape, an aerobic activity like moderate-intensity walking is ideal. The object is to spend less time sitting and more time being active. Not only does regular exercise improve your circulation, it’s also a great way to manage weight gain. Check with your doctor for an exercise program that’s right for you.
Give up cigarettes – to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and age-related damage to blood vessels. Smoking is one of those modifiable lifestyle habits that can change the health of your heart. Ask your doctor for ways to quit smoking.
Schedule regular checkups – to help you stay on top of your blood pressure and cholesterol levels before they develop into early onset cardiovascular disease. Check with your doctor and make sure you’re up to date on all your blood tests, health screenings, and physical exams.
Take a CoQ10 supplement – to help combat the effects of age-related heart health. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring nutrient that plays a vital role in the body’s cellular energy production, and your heart muscle needs a lot of it. As you age though, your body naturally produces less of the nutrient and by age 80, there will be a decline by as much as 65%.3
Diet alone is not enough to raise CoQ10 levels, so taking a dietary supplement is recommended. Studies show that Qunol® Ultra is up to 3 times better absorbed than regular CoQ10,4 and that it can help you reach therapeutic levels of CoQ10 in just weeks. This is why Qunol® has the #1 cardiologist recommended form of CoQ10.5
By adopting a healthy approach to taking care of your heart, you can delay and even prevent age-related cardiovascular disease. A healthy heart can increase longevity and improve your quality of life as you age.
- National Institute on Aging; June 1, 2018.
- What is DASH Diet?
- American Academy of Family Physicians: Coenzyme Q10; Volume 72, Number 6, September 15, 2005
- Chopra, R.K., et al. (1998). Bioavailability of Coenzyme Q1O in Humans. Internal. J. Vit. Nutr, Res. 68, 109-113. Received for publication August 4, 1997.
- AlphaImpactRx ProVoice Survey 2016. (Form refers to water and fat-soluble CoQ10).
*Regular CoQ10 refers to unsolubilized ubiquinone in oil suspensions in soft gels and/or powder filled capsules/tablets
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