Age-related changes in cardiovascular system

There are many changes that happen in your cardiovascular system as you age. Some changes are completely normal, some might have a serious impact on your health. Let’s go over some of the “expected” changes in cardiovascular system.
Normal changes:

  • Heart needs to work faster/harder to keep the normal oxygen level in your body;
  • Accumulated cholesterol;
  • Lessened ability to replace liquids while breathing;
  • Significantly lessened cardiac reserve.

It’s important to note that not ALL people will experience the aforementioned changes. Some people have good genes and/or have been leading a healthy lifestyle, so the changes to their cardiovascular system won’t be as noticeable.
There are many ways people can make their cardiovascular system work better, even when they’re older. Let’s talk about some of those:

  • If you feel like you need more rest – get more rest. It’s important to realize that you now need more time to beat the fatigue;
  • Make sure you monitor your blood pressure. Make sure someone qualified does it for you;
  • Make sure you move a lot. As mentioned before, the fluids tend to build up quickly;
  • Make sure you drink a lot, to avoid dehydration;
  • One of the most important ones: exercise up four-five times a week. There’s no way to overestimate the importance of regular exercise. You need work out at least 20 minutes, at least 4 days a week;
  • Do not smoke tobacco;
  • Keep your alcohol intake in check;
  • Maintain healthy weight;
  • Find a diet that works for you.

The Conclusion

changes in cardiovascular systemAlthough there are some changes to your cardiovascular system in particular and your health in general, it doesn’t mean you should look at this as the dawning years of your life. If you follow these guidelines and just good old common sense, you are guaranteed to stay happy/healthy even in the later stages of your life. Aging, by and large, is both about spiritual and physical change. Do not let that hinder you and do not forget to have regular check-ups for your heart. Check your cholesterol levels, check your blood pressure, your grandkids will thank you.