|Phil's "new" car, a 1968 Chevy|
I was born with a heart problem--an extra electrical circuit that acted up more and more as I got older. No one knew about it because unless you're having tachycardia or arrhythmia (which I had often) while you're at the hospital or clinic for something else, no one finds it. And if you've lived with it all your life, you just think light-headedness is normal. It was diagnosed in 1996, I took medication for awhile, then had an ablation in 2002, but the right medications weren't determined until 2 years ago, and I've had zero problems since.
So I'm here at 76 because of the miracle of modern medicine--pharmaceutical research and surgical skill. But probably the only thing I can do personally to slow down the actual aging of my heart is caloric restriction. The first animal studies were done on this before I was born. It is not the same as lowering my body weight. Reducing body size through exercise doesn't have the same effect. Hate that. I just had a bacon and cheese sandwich for breakfast and probably blew my entire calorie quota for the day. My husband has been on a mission team in Haiti for a week, and one night I had a glass of red wine and a dish of chocolate ice cream for supper.