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Heart disease is the most common condition among seniors and is also the number one cause of death. As your body ages, the heart and blood vessels begin to stiffen which leads to the numerous conditions seniors are at risk for. Additionally, as your function and mobility decrease, muscles– including your heart, weakens. Preventative measures that optimize heart health are highly valued in the senior community due to these risk factors. The most common cardiovascular diseases among seniors include:

 

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)

While all cardiovascular diseases aren’t preventable, many are. As the number one cause of death, heart disease can be avoided with certain lifestyle choices, nutrition, and quitting smoking. Avoiding stress and regular exercise can really make a huge difference in your cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, these choices need to be made in earlier stages in life for these preventative measures to be successful. For seniors who are suffering from heart disease and learning how to manage symptoms, pharmaceuticals, assisted living, and limited lifestyle changes are the only options available. With 25% of seniors aged 65 to 69 and 46% of seniors aged 70 to 79 on at least five prescription medications, finding other treatments for heart disease is crucial for better management and results.

 

CBD for Hypertension

Hypertension refers to high blood pressure which is typically measured above 130/80. While high blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms, if it is left untreated, it can cause severe health conditions including heart disease and stroke. Hypertension increases with age, affecting about 66% of the elderly population. Treatments for hypertension includes eating healthier diets with less salt, exercising regularly, and taking prescription medications that can help lower blood pressure.

 

Further research is required to conclude if CBD has a role in the treatment of hypertension but a recent study shows that minor doses of CBD reduced blood pressure. Adding CBD to your preventative routine of eating healthy and exercising regularly can really offer the preventative care required for those with high blood pressure.  

 

Resources: (Scientific studies and articles from the CBD community)

A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5470879/

Can Cannabis Lower Blood Pressure?: https://haveaheartcc.com/can-cannabis-lower-blood-pressure/

CBD Oil for Blood Pressure– Can CBD Lower Blood Pressure?: https://thehempoilbenefits.com/cbd-oil-for-blood-pressure-can-cbd-lower-blood-pressure

CBD for Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is a common, incurable condition that’s identified when the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. The symptoms of congestive heart failure are shortness of breath, chronic pain in the chest, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and swollen legs. Congestive heart failure is the most common dismissal diagnosis in elderly hospitalized patients. This life-threatening disease can eventually cause blood and other fluids to back up inside the lungs, abdomen, liver, and lower body. Hypertension, coronary artery disease, and valve conditions can put seniors at higher risk for congestive heart failure. Treatments for congestive heart failure include lifestyle and diet changes in addition to taking prescription medications. Severe cases may require surgery resulting in implanting a pacemaker or defibrillator.

 

Accumulating evidence points to CBD as beneficial in the cardiovascular system. Preclinical studies have showcased CBD as a potential treatment for congestive heart failure and as a promising alternative for limiting the effects of the common complications tied to this disease. CBD is a promising addition to the numerous treatments available that may help seniors live a long, healthy life with this incurable disease.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Is the cardiovascular system a therapeutic target for cannabidiol?:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22670794

Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive Cannabis constituent, protects against myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17890433

Endocannabinoids acting at cannabinoid-1 receptors regulate cardiovascular function in hypertension:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Endocannabinoids+acting+at+cannabinoid-1+receptors+regulate+cardiovascular+function+in+hypertension

CBD for Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is a chronic condition that’s typically caused by the buildup of plaque. Plaque buildup leads to narrowed coronary arteries which limit the blood flow to the heart. While many people can have no symptoms, some people experience chest pains, gastrointestinal issues, fast heart rate, and shortness of breath to a heart attack. Aging is associated with cellular oxidative stress, inflammation, and increased vascular stiffness, which put seniors at a much higher risk for coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is present in approximately 50% of elderly women and 70% to 80% of elderly men. Treatment for coronary artery disease includes blood thinners, heart medications, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, and improved diet and exercise.

 

Since CBD causes the widening of blood vessels it could potentially be a candidate for treating coronary artery disease. While there have been more recent studies conducted on how CBD can improve cardiovascular health, there haven’t been specific studies regarding coronary artery disease. With all the recent breakthroughs in how CBD may help with cardiovascular diseases, it is a promising alternative for coronary artery disease as well.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies and articles from the CBD community)

Can CBD Help Treat Coronary Artery Disease?:

https://cannabismd.com/health/heart/can-cbd-help-treat-coronary-artery-disease/

Cannabidiol Protects against Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiomyopathy by Modulating Mitochondrial Function and Biogenesis:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25569804

 

CBD for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart arrhythmia referring to when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly causing irregular beating of the heart. While some people can experience no symptoms, many experience chest pains, dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. Atrial fibrillation is a chronic condition and is the most common heart arrhythmia condition in the senior community, affecting 3% to 5% of seniors over the age of 65. Atrial fibrillation accounts for over 20% of strokes in patients older than 80 in addition to causing blood to pool in the heart, blood clot formulation, and greater risk of stroke.

 

A preclinical study has shown CBD to be an anti-arrhythmic making it a potentially viable solution for atrial fibrillation. While much more research is needed to make definitive claims regarding CBD and this particular cardiovascular disease, the available research is promising.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Cannabidiol as an anti-arrhythmic, the role of the CB1 receptors:

https://heart.bmj.com/content/97/24/e8.9?cited-by=yes&legid=heartjnl%3B97%2F24%2Fe8-q

The effect of cannabidiol on ischemia/reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias: the role of adenosine A1 receptors:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24853683

Acute administration of cannabidiol in vivo suppresses ischemia-induced cardiac arrhythmias and reduced infarct size when given at reperfusion:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20590615

 

CBD for Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attacks)

Myocardial infarction occurs due to the blockage of blood flow to the heart. Otherwise known as a heart attack, this medical emergency has symptoms that include tightness or pain in the chest, back, neck, or arms in addition to fatigue, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, and lightheadedness. Seniors are high-risk for myocardial infarctions with only about a 50% survival rate.

 

Preclinical studies have proven that CBD is a viable solution for limiting the amount of damage caused by a heart attack. Another study has shown that cannabis users have a higher survival rate when hospitalized for myocardial infarctions. There still needs to be more research conducted in order to definitively state that CBD minimizes the aftermath of a heart attack but preliminary research points in that direction. The current studies available regarding CBD and cardiovascular health also show promising myocardial infarction prevention.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Pharmacologic Effects of Cannabidiol on Acute Reperfused Myocardial Infarction in Rabbits: Evaluated with 3.0T Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Histopathology:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26065843

Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive Cannabis constituent, protects against myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17890433

Study: History of Cannabis Use Associated with Increased Survival Rates Among Heart Attack Patients:

https://norml.org/news/2018/07/26/study-history-of-cannabis-use-associated-with-increased-survival-rates-among-heart-attack-patients?link_id=1&can_id=961831694de35b33f8ff2327d64cec4e&source=email-norml-news-of-the-week-7262018-2&email_referrer=email_391589&email_subject=norml-news-of-the-week-7262018


CBD Products for Seniors

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