We know the formula well: "We are old enough! As is often the case with common sense, it is the translation into everyday language of medical knowledge that has shown that the misdeeds of old age are also on the arteries.
Knowing the age of your arteries is good, but we can act Slowing down aging is to play on the usual risk factors and well known, it is also reduce the risk of cardiovascular.
How to measure this age?
It is the Arterial Hypertension Research Foundation which proposes, on its site, a simple and practical test to realize to calculate the age of its arteries, to compare it with its real age and thus to understand the impact of the factors of the risk on which we can act, smoking, overeating and inaction to improve our "vascular age", ie the health of our arteries and our heart.
There is no simple technique for measuring the flexibility of the arteries or estimating their aging. Calculation of arterial age is possible through the use of a mathematical equation that requires knowing: age, blood pressure, whether or not diabetes, total cholesterol and what is call it "good" cholesterol, HDL. Very easy to do at home.
This calculation gives a value only indicative of the age of the arteries, and aims to serve as a basis for discussion and exchanges with your doctor. It also quantifies the benefit of stopping smoking if you smoke, or the drop in blood pressure or cholesterol-induced treatments. Visualize the benefits of treatments and healthy living
may be more convincing than lengthy speeches when it comes to long-term prescriptions
We already have an idea of the results
83% of hypertensives have a vascular age higher than their normal age, against 44% for non-hypertensive patients. High blood pressure therefore accelerates the aging of the arteries. Indeed, the arteries confronted with hypertension change:
- the walls of the large arteries stiffen and lose their flexibility;
- the small arteries thicken, their diameter decreases and their capacity to expand to adapt to needs diminishes.
The lack of flexibility and a thickening of the artery wall results in the interruption of the irrigation of the organs by the blood. What will cause angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, or cerebrovascular accidents ...