Anatomy and physiology of ageing 1: the cardiovascular system

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Abstract

The cardiovascular system is the body's main transport system, and its efficiency is essential for health and longevity. As it ages, it becomes less efficient, which has a negative impact on all other organ systems. This article explores the normal age-related changes occurring in the cardiovascular system. This is the first of an updated article series on how age affects the main organ systems.

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• How age affects the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system

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• Age-related changes to vasculature, chemicals, heart muscles and blood pressure

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• Conditions experienced by older people as a result of declining heart function

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