Heart is the most precious organ of the body, if it stops the whole body stops. It is responsible for beating more than 1, 00,000 times a day and is essentially a complex pump that is able to adjust blood pressure, flow, and volume in order to provide your body with all the oxygen rich blood it needs.

The heart alone pumps 1,800 gallons of blood through the body and more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels. But what if these blood vessels get blocked? As we age it gets difficult for our heart to compensate for the build-up of fat in the arteries making it difficult for the heart to pump, raising the blood pressure considerably.

Your heart is constantly adjusting to the state of your body which weakens it further, making it more vulnerable to disease and other problems. Blocking of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis is where the tubes become narrower and it becomes harder to pump all the blood, making it difficult to adjust the force and rate of pumping, impacting the quality of life a person leads.

Growing older our arteries become stiffer and less flexible. This causes our blood pressure to increase. The heart has to adjust to the increase in blood pressure by pumping forcefully and changing the timing of its valves. These adjustments leave the heart more vulnerable, the result is the body cannot exercise as long or as intensely as before.

This shows up as shortness of breath a sign that oxygen-rich blood is not moving fast enough through the body because the lungs are trying to breathe in more oxygen. Your heart is only as healthy as your arteries, so stay young and work hard to keep your arteries healthy by controlling your blood pressure, improving cholesterol, exercising, relaxing and learning heart healthy nutrition.