Your Risk of Heart Disease
How to Turn Back the Clock When Your Blood Vessels Grow Old Before You Do
“A man is as old as his arteries.”
–Thomas Sydenham, English physician, 1624-1689
This comment, made nearly four centuries ago, raises a provocative modern-day question: Do you know how old your arteries are?
It is a question gaining increasing attention as researchers look for more effective ways to communicate risk of cardiovascular disease to patients and to motivate them to make changes in their lives that can help prevent heart attacks, strokes and other serious heart-related problems later in life.