How does the health of my arteries affect the way I age?

How does the health of my arteries affect the way I age?

George P. Heyrich, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have unhealthy arteries, you won’t age well. You can preserve your artery health by exercising, eating healthy and not smoking. If you have established narrowing in the arteries, taking certain medications can help prevent worsening of the arteries or heart blockage. 

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
When it comes to aging, the single most important part of your body is your arteries. When your arteries are not cared for properly, they get clogged with fatty buildup, diminishing the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can reach your cells. When this happens, your cardiovascular system and entire body age more quickly. Having high blood pressure (a reading over 130/85 millimeters of mercury, "mm Hg") can make your RealAge (physiologic age) more than twenty-five years older than having low blood pressure (a reading of 115/76 mm Hg or below). Your arteries deliver blood and its nutrients to your skin, your heart, your brain, your muscles, your gonads, and every cell of your body. Keeping your arteries young is essential for keeping your skin, your heart, your brain, your muscles, your gonads, and every cell of your body young.
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