Cardiovascular means the entire whole blood-delivery system, which includes the pump or heart (cardio) and the vessels (vascular). As we age four changes typically occur that slow the blood flow through the arteries and put strain on the heart.
- Arteries narrow due to build up of sticky stuff, or plaque, impeding blood flow.
- Arteries harden as the walls and lining of the vessels become more rigid.
- Arteries become rough due to buildup of sticky stuff within the lining of the blood vessels, the endothelium.
- Blood thickens and clumps together when blood cells are stickier and less flexible. Blood is only suppose to clot when we have a cut, outside a vessel, not inside the vessel.
Call to Action:
The more you know about how blood vessel health contributes to longevity, the more proactive you will be to take care of your blood vessels.
Under healthy conditions:
- vessels stay wide open
- vessel lining stays smooth
- vessel walls stay flexible
- heart muscle stays strong
- blood flows better
To your wellness,