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“Light therapy” Can Improve Heart Health

A new study suggests that light therapy may be effective at slowing cardiovascular aging and may help to reduce age-related heart issues.

Over the years, light therapy has demonstrated its usefulness in treating various diseases, from mental health to skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne. Light therapy involves exposure to particular types and wavelengths of life to treat various conditions.

In this case, photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy is a form of low-dose light therapy that has previously been effective in several age-associated chronic diseases such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year; almost 20% of Americans over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with heart disease, and heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the US.

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Aged mice subjected to PBM in this study showed a reduction in age-associated loss of cardiac function, improved neuromuscular coordination, and increased longevity.

Key Takeaways From This Study: 

  • The research showed an improvement in heart function after exposure to PBM therapy, and PBM also mitigated the thickness of the cardiac wall.
  • In mice that were manipulated to develop age-related heart disease, after treatment with PBM, heart disease among these manipulated mice did not progress.
  • The survival rate among the most susceptible group was an impressive 100%, compared with the usual survival rate of 43%.

You can read the complete study, which was published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, by clicking on the link.

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