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15 - Maintaining Your Blood (Cardiovascular) System

from Part II - Caring For Your Body

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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More than any other organ system, our blood system undergoes some of the most complex changes of aging across the life span. This chapter outlines normal changes with aging. As much as 70% of heart disease can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle. This chapter provides recommendations for changing blood pressure. Before adding any pills to bring down blood pressure try lifestyle modifications first. Explains blood pressure medications. Good news for older people: Making it to the age of 75 heart problem free, is an indicator that you may be less likely to suffer from a heart attack in the future. Chapter outlines five actions that are guardians of your blood and heart: Lose weight if overweight. Do not smoke. Eat Mediterranean Diet. Manage cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes. Exercise.

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 99 - 106
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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