Heart Health & Aging: Do our blood vessels hold the secret to long life? | Dr William Li

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Sixty thousand miles long. That’s the length of the tube system inside us that transports blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the cells throughout our bodies.

If these tubes fail, the result can be fatal. In some cases, it’s a heart attack. In others, it’s a stroke, when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted and brain cells are damaged or killed.

Heart attacks and strokes are a major cause of death in developed countries — but we can take action to reduce the risks.

In this episode, Jonathan talks with a world-renowned physician, scientist, and speaker to gain insights into how looking after this magical pipework could slow aging.

Dr. William Li is a world-leading specialist in blood vessels and preventative health, and the author of countless papers on the topic. He possesses the gift for communicating about this complex subject in terms we can all understand.

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00:00 – Intro
00:09 – Topic introduction
01:34 – Quickfire questions
04:08 – Why do blood vessels matter?
05:22 – How do blood vessels link to heart health?
09:16 – Elasticity of blood vessels
14:11 – Can we reverse the stiffening and blockage of blood vessels?
20:54 – Does food damage the blood vessels?
25:59 – Does high blood pressure affect blood vessels?
31:25 – How do aging and diet affect blood vessels?
36:37 – Data on reversing blood vessel damage
41:42 – How is aging linked to blood vessel health?
44:51 – Summary
46:12 – Goodbyes
46:30 – Outro

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This podcast was produced by Fascinate Productions.

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