Did you know that the superhighway of arteries and veins that carry blood throughout our bodies can become damaged with age? Our cardiovascular system pushes blood from our fingertips to our toes, even when we’re sleeping, which means it is working constantly throughout our entire lives.
When we’re young, our veins are rubbery and elastic due, in part, to the flexible lipids that line them. As we age, our veins begin to stiffen. According to the National Institute on Aging, arterial hardening – or stiffening veins – can make us more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases because it often results in symptoms like high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
In addition, a study conducted by the University of Delaware and the Christiana Care Health System shows that veins can suffer from arterial hardening as a result of structural changes like thickening vein walls. The study suggests that regular exercise can be an effective way to ease age-related venous hardening.
To learn more about how age impacts your veins, visit our Vein Clinic or call 907-563-8346 (VEIN) to schedule an appointment.