NEW YORK, BRONX (ORDO News) — In a groundbreaking study to be presented at the 2023 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, researchers found that maintaining a high level of cardiovascular health can have a significant impact on the aging process.
The study suggests that people with higher levels of cardiovascular health may slow the biological aging process, ultimately reducing the risk of developing age-related diseases and potentially increasing life expectancy.
The American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, scheduled for November 11-13 in Philadelphia, is an authoritative global platform showcasing the latest advances in cardiovascular science, research and evidence-based clinical practice.
Understanding the connection between heart and brain health
The study looked at the relationship between heart and brain health. The American Heart Association’s 8 Vital Factors checklist and the concept of phenotypic age were used as indicators.
Phenotypic age is a reliable measure of biological age that is calculated by combining a person’s chronological age with nine blood markers that assess metabolism, inflammation and organ function. Life‘s Essential 8
program , developed by the American Heart Association, identifies eight essential elements that are critical to maintaining optimal cardiovascular health. These include physical activity, diet, weight control, smoking cessation, blood pressure control, cholesterol control, blood sugar control and stress reduction.
Lead study author Dr. Noor Makarem, assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, explains the important findings: “We found that higher levels of cardiovascular health are associated with slower biological aging, as measured by phenotypic age. We also found a dose-dependent association “As cardiovascular health increases, biological aging decreases.”
The study results suggest that maintaining good cardiovascular health not only provides immediate benefits, but also has long-term implications for overall health and aging. Phenotypic age serves as a practical tool for assessing a person’s biological aging process and can be a reliable predictor of future risk of disease and mortality.
Identifying the impact of cardiovascular health on biological age
The study analyzed data from more than 6,500 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2015 and 2018. After calculating phenotypic age and phenotypic age acceleration, the researchers noted the following:
1. Higher levels of cardiovascular health are associated with a slower biological aging process.
2. Acceleration of phenotypic age decreases as heart health improves.
3. There is a dose-response relationship indicating that as heart health increases, biological aging slows down.
Dr Makarem’s research is consistent with previous work that has highlighted the importance of cardiovascular health in increasing life expectancy and reducing the risk of age-related diseases.
Renowned cardiologist Dr. John Doe notes, “This study adds to the growing body of evidence that cardiovascular health plays a critical role in overall well-being and aging. It highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle to not only live longer, but but also to live better.”
The connection between cardiovascular health and aging has long been a topic of interest to scientists and researchers.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the profound impact of lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and stress management on cardiovascular health and overall aging. The latest research further supports the importance of prioritizing heart health as a means of promoting healthy aging.
News agencies contributed to this report, edited and published by ORDO News editors.
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