ALT="illustration of two hearts, one showing ischemia that contributes to heart attack"A heart attack occurs when there are blockages in your arteries. When plaque obstructs blood flow, the heart suffers attempting to pump blood through a pathway with nowhere to go. Think of a water hose when it has a kink: the water stops flowing completely or slows to a trickle.

Sometimes, stents are inserted into blocked arteries to open the pathway for blood flow. The wire mesh devices can, at times, be medicated, while other times they are not. Much has been written about the long-term viability of stents. Many believe they are actually worthless.

We recently heard news that Bernie Sanders, a public figure running for president, had one stent inserted after chest pains in Nevada. Then, the news indicated he had two stents and he was recuperating in a hospital. After his discharge, his wife Jane released the news that Bernie Sanders actually suffered a heart attack.

Aging And Heart Attack

Today’s topic centers more around age and heart attack than whether Bernie Sanders should have informed us of the truth about his heart attack out of the gate. That’s his choice to share and ours to hear when they choose to tell it. The fact that Mr. Sanders had a heart attack at 78-years-old is not much of a surprise because, as Harvard University states, “About 40% of people hospitalized for heart attacks and related problems are ages 75 or older.” The older you are, the higher your risk for heart attack. This esteemed university is doing additional research on how aging affects people beyond 79 as 85+ is the fastest growing segment of the population, according to the story. 

While we are merely talking about the aging of the heart in highly simple terms; in fact, incredible science exists about how age affects the heart. Functional changes, changes to the electrical system of cardiac conduction, structural changes, and also cellular changes weaken with aging.

This article by the National Institutes of Health provides a thorough review of how the heart changes with age.

The Physicality of Heart Attack

Bodies physically weaken with older age. We become more frail, diseases rear their ugly heads more readily and strongly, while organs throughout the body also weaken with age. This goes for the heart, as well. As hearts go, there is only so much stress an organ can take, especially one as important and critical as the heart.

Imagine your own: what stressors have you placed upon your heart over time?

Here are several lifestyle risk factors that contribute to an aging heart. With a pile up of risk factors over time as you age, your body becomes susceptible to stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and of course, heart attack:

  • Alcohol consumption and daily sugared drinks and caffeine
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Consistent overweight or obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Consumption of foods high in saturated fat and diets laden with animal flesh
  • High salt diet
  • Poor sleep or sleep apnea
  • Thickening waist-line that poses metabolic syndrome risk
  • High stress levels
  • Inability to clear the mind from stresses

When a man at 78-years-old puts enormous strain on his physical body and mental stress, the daily rigors of beyond-normal activity will eventually take a toll. Heart attack, however, doesn’t happen overnight. It is a buildup of poor lifestyle choices, namely nutrition and exercise even into an older age.

Incorporating EECP Into Heart Health

Anyone on a campaign trail or anyone sitting in their recliner chair watching TV all day and night should consider Enhanced External Counterpulsation.

Known as EECP, this non-surgical therapy circulates blood flow throughout the body and all organs. It acts as a second heart. The mechanism of EECP squeezes the lower extremities pulsing oxygenated blood up to the heart while the heart is at rest. When the heart pumps, three cuffs like those you’d wear for blood pressure testing, deflate in rapid sequence. When the heart rests, the cuffs inflate. For a full hour during each session, your body has two ‘hearts’ pumping blood and circulating it everywhere. For the first time, your heart gets needed help supplying fresh blood through arteries throughout the body.

The effect is truly amazing: inflammation reduces’ hormones secrete inside the arteries to make the arteries more elastic and supple; organs rejuvenate with the extra blood circulation; new micro-collaterals form around blockages to create new pathways for blood flow; and, ultimately, you feel like a million bucks!

Schedule A Complimentary EECP Session Now

People in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s, who know about EECP come in for regular sessions. Anyone who stresses their body with rigorous schedules should come to Soulaire at Brentwood EECP or Soulaire at Inglewood LA EECP for a complimentary session. This miraculous, non-surgical and safe therapy helps reverse and prevent cardiovascular disease. No medication required!

Learn how EECP can help your heart with passive exercise, more stamina, more restful sleep, reduced blood pressure, happier outlook, and most of all, hope. There’s so much more we can share about how we help create healthier hearts. Won’t you come in and give it a try? EECP with our lifestyle program reverses and prevents cardiovascular disease so heart attack is not in your vocabulary.