Jan. 11, 2005 – by Roger Highfield, Science Editor with the Telegraph in UK The largest study of the effects of ageing on the cardiovascular system has found that women’s longevity may be linked to the fact that their hearts do not lose their pumping power with age. The power of the male heart falls by 20-25 percent between 18 and 70 years of age, according to Prof. David Goldspink of Liverpool John Moores University. “Within the heart there are millions of contractile cells’ that enable it to beat. Between the age of 20 and 70 , one third of those cells die and are not replaced in men. “In stark contrast, over the same period there was no age-related decline in the power of the female heart, meaning that the heart of a healthy 70 year old woman could perform almost as well as a 20 year old’s. This dramatic gender difference might just explain why women live longer than men.”
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Fact you should know: The Powerful Heart <ul><li>Heart Disease is the number one killer of women (and men). </li></ul><ul><li>Signs and symptoms are often quite different in women and therefore go unrecognized. </li></ul><ul><li>Women may have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weakness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breathlessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fatigue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nausea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigestion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chest Pressure </li></ul></ul>
The Good News: Women’s ‘s are Powerful The Powerful Heart <ul><ul><li>Unlike men, women’s hearts do not loose pumping power with age. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The heart of a 70 year old woman could perform as well as a 20 year old. </li></ul></ul>
Amazing Facts The Powerful Heart The heart’s job is to move blood. Your heart will pump an average one million barrels of blood in your life. The body has about six quarts of blood that circulates through the body three times in one minute. In one day your blood travels 12,000 miles. The aorta is the largest artery (about the width of a garden hose) The heart weighs 10 ounces Your heart beats 100,000 times each day.
Don’t Miss a Beat on Your Health! Have you ever noticed if your heart has missed a beat ? If you have, you may be experiencing an arrhythmia . Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) is the most common type of arrhythmia A Fib damages the heart’s electrical system, leading to increased risk for stroke, heart attack & heart failure. A Fib is an independent risk factor for stroke, increasing risk five-fold. The Powerful Heart
Know Your Symptoms! The Powerful Heart Risk Factors for A-Fib : Atrial Fibrillation can be SYMPTOMLESS and usually detected through an EKG! Talk to your provider today and start C ELEBRATING a cardiovascular disease free life! Advancing Age Heart Disease High Blood Pressure Alcohol/ Drug Abuse Family History Congenital Heart Disorder Diabetes Smoking Obesity High Fat Diet Certain Pre-scribed Med’s Sedentary Life Style
How is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed? The Powerful Heart Cardiac Exam Holter Monitor Event Monitor Echocardiogram Transesophageal Echocardiogram Blood Tests
Start With PREVENTION! The Powerful Heart It is never too late or too early to take control of your health! Below are some suggestions on how you can prevent A Fib and lead a healthy cardiovascular disease free life: Not smoking Heart healthy diet filled with low saturated fatty food, low trans fat and low cholesterol Regular physical activity Maintaining a healthy weight Limit alcohol intake Control blood glucose (especially if you have diabetes) Regular check-up’s
Know Your Next Steps! The Powerful Heart Research your family history Schedule a physical exam Talk to your physician about your best option!
The Powerful Heart With proper management and awareness, A Fib can be prevented and even controlled. Your tomorrow relies on your actions of today!! For more information on symptoms of arrhythmia and the actions you can take to reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation, visit www.iredellmemorial.org.
The Powerful Heart References: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute www.nhlbi.nih.gov American Heart Association www. americanheart.org Medline Plus http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/arrhythmia.html Center for Disease Control & Prevention www.cdc.gov