How to test for stiff blood vessels
Arterial stiffness occurs as a result of biological aging and atherosclerosis (plaque buildup). This condition always precedes life-threatening cardiovascular disease. Hence, it is vital to monitor arterial stiffness. Several tests are available to assess arterial stiffness:
Sit on the floor and reach for your toes. If you are 40 or older and can get your fingers past them, it could be a sign that your arteries are flexible.
Pulse wave velocity
The most widely used measure of arterial stiffness. It is a simple measure of the time taken by the pressure wave to travel over a specific distance.
A parameter to evaluate arterial stiffness and is commonly used as a predictor for cardiovascular risk.