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“A man is as old as his arteries,” says Wall Street Journal

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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  1. thomas murray - June 17, 2010 at 2:02 am

    my last cat scan indicates calcuim is building in my artorys, what can l do besides take the statins my va dr. is giving me?? seems everything l take has calcium in it and is supposed to be good for you, it’s going to my artorys instead of my bones. what do l do? HELP!!

  2. Joelle Reizes - June 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    This is a frequently asked question by people who take calcium to deal with preventing osteoporosis. Hardening of the arteries is due to an inflammatory process that eventually “attracts” calcium deposits despite normal level of calcium in your blood. You need not worry if you eat according to the diet recommendations of the American Heart Association, cease smoking and control your blood pressure.

    Guy Lemire, MD, FRCS (C), FACS (THOR)


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