admin - June 14, 2010
The Wall Street Journal ran a terrific article on heart disease risk in the beginning of this month. Ron Winslow’s article is a must-read if you are interested in arterial health and staying out of the heart attack and stroke wards.
One of the most powerful aspects of the article is the accompanying graphic, entitled The Age of Your Arteries. As the graphic illustrates, your arteries age every decade, beginning to build plaque in your 30’s and 40’s and steadily worsening into your 50’s and 60’s. The graphic took up most of the page in the hard copy version and you can’t help but be impressed by the effect age has on artery damage.
The focus of the article is a paper that appeared in the journal Circulation last August. The paper documented a new way of calculating “vascular age.” This age represents how old your arteries are on the inside, as opposed to your calendar age. For example, a 40 year old woman who smokes and has high blood pressure may have a vascular age of 60, with the corresponding loss of life years.
The Real Age folks have been talking about this type of calculation for a while and Dr. Oz uses this technique on his popular TV show as well. It is powerful because it shows people that what is happening on the inside, where it counts, is not always recognizable or visible. You can still look good on the outside, but be really sick on the inside. Plaque buildup is silent and you cannot feel it and you do not know it is there. But silently, it is building and it is putting you at risk.
Calculating vascular age using a short quiz is fun, and helpful, but if you really want to know what is going on you need to look. That is what Life Line Screening does and has been doing since 1993. We’ve been helping people figure out their real age with real images and advanced testing, all at a reasonable price. Take the quiz… and then, get the vascular screening test. This will give you the best information available.
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