Researchers have discovered that heart aging, a heart disease risk factor, differs in men and women. The findings were revealed through MRI imaging, and the results were published in the journal Radiology.

The heart pumps out blood through the left ventricle and the mass of this ventricle is a predictor of cardiovascular events. In cases such as high blood pressure, ventricle walls may become thicker due to greater amounts of blood being pumped out.

Previous studies have shown that left ventricle mass changes with age – increases and decreases. Unfortunately, those studies did not include lifestyle factors and other historical factors. For the latest study researchers evaluated long-term variations in the same people by comparing baseline information from a cardiac MRI with another image taken at a future date.

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