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Do You Know Your Heart Age?

Heart_AgeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

As we age, some of us may stop counting birthdays or may not like to admit our chronological age, especially when we feel young at heart. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a majority of U.S. adults aged 30 – 74 have an average heart age that is 5 – 7 years older than their real age? Doctors are using a heart age determination as another way to look at a person’s risk for having a heart attack or stroke. While long established risk factors have not changed, studies show that patients are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes based on heart age, as opposed to accepted risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease. When 800,000 Americans die of heart related conditions each year, anything that helps drive home the dire need to make healthy lifestyle choices that reduce the chances for heart attack, stroke or peripheral artery disease can help not only to improve lives but to save lives.

The concept of heart age may be new, but one trial showed that people who learned their heart age were able to reduce that age by 1.5 years over one year’s time, while those who received the traditional risk assessment were less successful in reducing their heart age.

Heart age assessment depends on a number of risk factors for heart disease, including age, smoking status, high systolic blood pressure, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, high cholesterol levels, obesity and diabetes status. While doctors have long used these measures to predict a patient’s risk of heart attack during the next decade of their life, the study showed people are more likely to take their risk levels to heart when they learn the startling truth of their actual heart age.

While people need to know their cholesterol and blood pressure levels in order to assess heart age, when a 50 year old overweight male smoker with untreated high systolic blood pressure is told he has a predicted heart age of 72 years, it is more likely to get his attention. After one year of not smoking, his heart age drops by 14 years. And if he lowers his blood pressure, 19 years. A 50 year old non-smoking, obese, diabetic female with high blood pressure has a heart age of 85 years! Learning that your risk of heart attack or stroke is the same as someone 20 – 35 years older than you provides significant motivation to make healthy changes.

While changing behaviors is never easy, studies show that about 75% of heart disease and stroke are preventable, especially when you truly understand your risks and leave the “it won’t happen to me” mentality behind. Because it can and it does. And while risk factors such as age and genetics cannot be controlled, healthy lifestyle changes can make a huge difference, especially when you think in terms of your heart growing younger. If we could reverse our actual age with a health conscious lifestyle, many of us would sign up for that today. You can start to lower your heart age by choosing 2 risk factors that you can change, such as getting regular exercise and not smoking, then work towards improving those first.

Studies show that 3 in 4 heart attacks and strokes are due to risk factors that increase heart age. Give yourself the gift of better health by taking steps at any time to lower your heart age and assist you in keeping it low over time. The more lifestyles changes you make, the more your heart and overall health improves. Every day simple choices can have a direct impact on your longevity.

  • Work towards an ideal blood pressure of less than 120/80 to significantly lower your heart age
  • For every month and year that you don’t smoke, you add more time to your lifespan
  • Research shows that active people extend their lifespan by about 5 years
  • Eating more whole foods, vegetables and fruits and eliminating processed foods, sugar and refined grains has been shown to reverse heart disease and diabetes, when combined with regular exercise

Professional Supplement Center offers these and many other high quality nutraceuticals that support heart health:

Cardio ProtectCardio Protect by BioGenesis Nutraceuticals – This complete botanical and nutritional formula supports coronary and systemic vascular circulation, encourages healthy calcium metabolism, and provides cardiovascular mitochondrial energy and muscle contraction support.

 

Cardio3 Q10 Omega 3Cardio3 Q10 Omega 3 by Bioclinic Naturals – This highly bioavailable formula contains therapeutic amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, CoQ10 and a proprietary blend of high ORAC value whole berry antioxidants in support of cardiovascular health. Gluten and dairy free.

 

Cardio-Stolix (200596-)Cardio – Stolix by Douglas Laboratories – This natural ingredient blend provides synergistic herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids in support of vascular and circulatory function and general cardiovascular health. Gluten free.

 

Bio-CardioSirt BPBio-CardioSirt BP™ by Biotics Research – This unique formulation provides 7 key micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals and a proprietary blend, that have been clinically shown to support normal, healthy blood pressure levels. Gluten and dairy free.

 

References:
Is Your Heart Age Older Than You? http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/2015-09-vitalsigns.pdf
Heart Age. http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/heartage/
The New Science On Old Age: 10 Ways To Live Longer. http://www.medicaldaily.com/new-science-old-age-10-ways-live-longer-332026
Elderly Who Exercise 30 Minutes A day Live 5 Years Longer, Study Finds. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/15/elderly-who-exercise-live-longer-study_n_7291472.html

To Improve Blood Pressure – Exercise!

BloodPressure_ExerciseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

Research has shown that approximately 50 million Americans lead a sedentary life with no regular physical activity program. The bad news — high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle are closely related. In an article published in The Lancet, high systolic blood pressure landed in the top spot as the most prevalent risk factor for global deaths, followed by smoking and obesity. Other lifestyle related factors such as high cholesterol, high blood sugar, poor nutrition and alcohol use rounded out the top risk factors for developing largely preventable chronic disease. According to the author of the study, Dr. Alan Lopez, chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement at the University of Melbourne, “just under 60% of premature deaths are preventable.”

The good news — you don’t need to train for a marathon to actively lower your systolic blood pressure and further reduce your risks of heart attacks, strokes and premature death. Exercising regularly for a minimum of three months can have a desirable effect on blood pressure. Most of us are aware that exercise is good for our health and that becoming more physically active may lead to a longer, healthier lifespan. Studies show that fitness levels are a significant predictor of mortality, yet millions choose to ignore the health promoting benefits of exercise, including reducing, controlling and maintaining healthy blood pressure, helping to maintain a healthy weight and reducing stress. Physical activity strengthens the heart muscle and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood throughout the body, reducing arterial strain and supporting cardiovascular health.

Depending on your age, overall health, medical conditions or physical limitations, it is recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine. For those who may have cardiovascular risk factors, low intensity aerobic training tends to have the lowest increases in systolic blood pressure and is believed to be the safest form of exercise for those just beginning an exercise program. Weight training should be approached with caution, as heavy weight training can pose a risk for those with hypertension. Even low intensity weight training can cause a temporary spike in blood pressure, so if you have hypertension, be sure to get your doctor’s okay before adding weight training to your routine.   Generally, lighter weights and more repetitions are recommended to provide greater long-term benefits to blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

As exercise helps to increase blood flow, the benefits are most pronounced immediately after a workout. For this reason, smaller amounts of exercise, say for 10 minutes or so, spread throughout the day may be more effective at preventing temporary blood pressure spikes during exercise for those with hypertension. Studies show that a combination of both aerobic and strength training exercise provides the most effective health benefits. Find time in your schedule to include 30 – 45 minutes of aerobic activity daily and doctor approved resistance training 2 – 3 times per week. Along with healthy nutrition, this amount of regular activity appears to be the ideal goal for reaching and maintaining optimal health. People who don’t engage in physical activity are much more likely to develop health problems and increase their risk factors for overall unhealthy aging. Continuing to be active on a regular basis can help to keep blood pressure levels stable as you age.

For those inactive, but otherwise healthy, people or those who may be hesitant to start exercising, take heart. There’s an activity that’s right for you no matter what your level of fitness. Just be sure to start out slowly and increase your activity as you become stronger and more physically fit. The best exercises to reduce blood pressure appear to be any aerobic exercise that gets you moving. Walking, cycling, light weight training, gardening, swimming, dancing, household chores and standing up frequently throughout the day are all beneficial when performed regularly. For those of us required to sit all day at work or school, remember to get out of your chair for a few minutes every hour, as recent studies show too much sitting may be quite damaging to your long term overall health even when you exercise regularly.

More good news — exercise intensity does not appear to play a significant role in controlling blood pressure. Going for a stroll several times a day or finding ways to stand more often throughout the day can help to develop healthier blood pressure levels. You can also choose a variety of activities to strengthen your cardiovascular system, increase muscle strength and help you stay motivated. Small changes can add up to big benefits when it comes to your risk of chronic illness. Be sure to include stretching exercises or yoga postures to increase your flexibility, prevent muscle cramping and decrease injury risk. Remember to breathe easily and continuously while exercising.

Supplements to support cardiovascular health, athletic endeavors and weight loss include:

Bio-CardioSirt BPBio-CardioSirt BP™ by Biotics Research – This patent-pending powdered formula supplies a unique combination of 7 key micronutrients that have been clinically proven to support normal, healthy blood pressure levels. Gluten and dairy free.

 

Athletic NutrientsAthletic Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations – This high potency, nutrient rich, highly bioavailable multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant formula supports exercise performance, promotes energy and aids muscle fatigue. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

Cardio PeakCardio Peak™ by Life Extension – Cardiotonics are traditionally used to support heart function and vitality. Extensive research shows the botanical extracts Hawthorn and Arjuna deliver optimum support for normal heart muscle function and coronary artery health. Standardized formulation.

 

PGX Weight Loss Meal Replacement Double ChocolatePGX® Weight Loss Meal Replacement by Bioclinic Naturals – This highly purified fiber and whey protein complex provides a full complement of vitamins and minerals to support healthy micronutrient metabolism and promote healthy weight loss by increasing satiety and reducing cravings. Low glycemic load helps to normalize blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Clinically shown to enhance body fat loss while preserving lean muscle. Available in French Vanilla, Very Strawberry and Double Chocolate flavors. Wheat free formulation.

 

Klean Endurance (KA201245)Klean Endurance™ by Klean Athlete – NSF Certified for Sport® all natural D-Ribose is clinically proven to help restore and replenish core energy. These vanilla and orange flavored chewables contain a natural pentose sugar that supports ATP production and promotes cardiovascular health, energy production and mitochondrial function.

 

References:
Exercise: A drug-free approach to lowering high blood pressure.   http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045206
Physical Activity and Blood Pressure. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Physical-Activity-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301882_Article.jsp
The Best Exercise to Reduce Blood Pressure. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/18/ask-well-the-best-exercise-to-reduce-blood-pressure/?rref=health&module=Ribbon&version=origin®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Health&pgtype=Blogs
The Good News and Bad News About How People Die. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/09/18/441435120/the-good-news-and-bad-news-about-how-people-die
Sedentary Lives Can Be Deadly: Physical Inactivity Poses Greatest Health Risk to Americans. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090810024825.htm