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Mastering aging (Part 2): The cardiovascular system

In my last column I discussed some of the physiological changes that inevitably occur as we age. It’s amazing to me that there is actually no universally accepted theory of aging; believe it or not, whilst we can observe the effects of aging on our tissues and organ systems, we don’t actually know what the underlying cause is. There are several theories, the most widely proposed of which suggests that the progressive accumulation of DNA damage and the consequent effects on our organs, along with repeated micro-trauma to our tissues leads directly to the effects seen as we age. Our blood vessels stiffen, our skin and connective tissues lose their elasticity, injuries accumulate and we see lots of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and hormonal changes as discussed in my column a few weeks ago.

Dr. Andy Reed December 14, 2020 Column
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It’s all downhill from here, or is it? Mastering Aging (Part 1)

I turned 50 a couple of months ago, and I would admit readily that this came as a bit of a shock to me. I would say that the average age of the injured patients I see in clinic on a daily basis probably averages a little over 50, and so I thought this might be a good opportunity to look a little bit at the aging or masters athlete. Canmore, Banff and the Bow Valley are also home to some incredible ‘older’ athletes, and this was made only too clear to me last winter when I finished second last in my age group at a local ski loppet.

Dr. Andy Reed November 24, 2020 Column
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