Cardiovascular: Heart Rate Declines

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Cierra Moore
Unit 2 Case Study 1
A&P II
Age-Related Changes that Occur in the Cardiovascular System
As we age, certain changes in the heart are inevitable. Even in the absence of disease, the wall of the heart thickens, heart rate slows, maximum heart rate declines, and the heart doesn’t pump as efficiently as it once did. Health problems, such as hypertension, coronary disease, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infraction are more common in the elderly and aggravate age- related degenerative change in the circulatory system and that’s why I’m here to talk to you today (Unknown 2012). Age-related change doesn’t only affect your body parts but your internal organs and body systems as well. As we age, we never think about our heart giving out on us are will stop pumping, but the reality for example, just as your eyes weaken and produce less tears your heart weakens too as you get older. We put more and more strain on our hearts, making the heart having to work ten times harder. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. I’m here to tell you all, it’s the leading cause of deaths in the United States in both women and men. (CAD) happens when the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle becomes harden and narrowed. This is due to the buildup of cholesterol and/or plaque on the inner walls (MedlinePlus, 2012). To reduce your risk of getting (CAD) can potentially lead to heart failure. Leading to the next disease I want to discuss is Congestive Heart Failure. (CHF) is a condition in which the heart’s function as a pump is inadequate to meet the body’s needs (MedicineNet, 1996). From known knowledge, (CHF) can be based on many reasons for example, individuals medical history. I know as we age we all dislike going to the doctor’s office or hospital, but I’m here to tell you, we all need to go more often than normal. Getting careful physical examinations and selected laboratory tests done can save your life. Lastly, I want...
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