Understanding The Symptoms Of Hardening Arteries And Slowing The Heart Aging Process

The symptoms of hardening arteries occur when the smooth lining inside the arteries become damaged and inflamed leading to a chain reaction of events that ultimately will lead to artery hardening, narrowing, and the reduction of blood flow to one or more of a number of areas of the body. Additionally, the likelihood of blood clots increases with arterial hardening which can result in a myocardial infarction. You are probably saying that is interesting but how does all this apply to the symptoms of heart disease and heart aging. We are just a few sentences away so stay with me.

The heart is surrounded by arteries which are not surprisingly known as coronary arteries. Their responsibility is to supply the heart blood, and when this fails to occur a heart attack results. But long before blood flow is completely cut off chances are hardening of the arteries has been getting worse for years and bit by bit slowly reducing the amount of blood your heart has to work with. As the blood flow decreases the heart has to work ever harder to provide the body with the oxygen it needs to survive. As the hearts workload increases symptoms of hardening arteries of the heart known as angina start to appear. Amongst these symptoms are chest pain, tightness in the chest, and a heavy oppressive sensation in the middle of the chest. Additional symptoms of hardening arteries around the heart include profuse sweating, an irregular heartbeat, discoloration of the skin, shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, and swelling the extremities known as edema.

When the symptoms of hardening arteries start to be noticed arterial blockage is generally around 70 percent. In other words your heart is telling you it is reaching the breaking point and can no longer provide your body with the oxygen it needs to run efficiently. At this point all bets are off and anything can happen including a heart attack or stroke.

As far as the heart aging part of the equation goes your heart beats about 100,000 times a day sending 1,800 gallons of blood through more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels. As the symptoms of hardening arteries start to be noticed your heart is forced to work harder in an attempt to pump all that blood through narrower tubes. This excess pressure causes the heart to wear out, aging disproportionately with each passing day. Add this to the fact that your heart loses 50 percent of its pumping capacity during vigorous exercise naturally, and slightly less than half of its resting capacity naturally and something eventually has to give.

The choices are pretty simple either take steps to reopen tubes (arteries) thus taking pressure off of the heart or join the 40 percent of people ages 40 through 74 who lose their battle with heart and artery disease.

To stay young at heart there are nine simple steps to consider: First, exercise under the supervision of your doctor; second control blood pressure levels; third keep the consumption of artery clogging cholesterol and saturated fat to a minimum; fourth consider eating baked fish twice a week; fifth increase consumption of high fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables; sixth dont smoke and avoid second hand smoke as well; seventh maintain a healthy weight; eighth take a vitamin B complex supplement daily to neutralize artery damaging homocysteine levels; and finally consider a prescription cholesterol medication or natural cholesterol reduction supplement to send artery clogging high cholesterol and triglycerides packing once and for all.