Heart Attack Myth #2 – I’m too healthy to have a heart attack.

Lifestyle choices are very important indicators for heart disease but they alone cannot be used to determine a person’s risk for heart attack or CAD.

Sadly many heart attack victims live with a false sense of security, unaware that they are living with a potentially deadly disease.

Lifestyle choices are very important indicators for heart disease but they alone cannot be used to determine a person’s risk for heart attack or CAD.

I have lived a very healthy lifestyle the vast majority of my life.  I’ve never smoked, done drugs, or had a poor diet.  I cut fried foods, dairy, beef and pork from my diet over 15 years before my heart attack.  Likewise I’ve never been a drinker of soft drinks or alcohol.  In addition to having a much better than average diet (for someone living in the USA), I exercise daily – a minimum of at least 45 minutes (those are my calves in the photo above).

On paper – discounting the MOST IMPORTANT INDICATOR for heart disease – I was the last person you’d suspect would have a deadly heart attack at age 46.

THE MOST IMPORTANT INDICATOR for heart disease is heredity – genetics – family history.  Dozens of genes have been identified and associated with heart disease.  These genes are passed down from generation to generation via our DNA.

You can live life as healthy as possible – making healthy choices such as:

  • The Best Diet (healthy natural foods, low fat/cholesterol, low sugar intake)
  • Active/Healthy Lifestyle (exercise regularly and maintain an ideal body weight/BMI)
  • No smoking or alcohol
  • No drugs

And you can still have CAD.  I know – because when I suffered my heart attack – I was and had been living the lifestyle above for decades. 

If the members of your immediate family have had issues with:

  • Uncontrolled Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Blood clot formation in the legs
  • Stroke

Then YOU are at a much greater risk for developing the same.

If your family has a history of CAD and you have borderline, moderate, or high cholesterol – you need to discuss medication options for managing your cholesterol with a qualified physician.

I inherited CAD.  It’s been with me my entire life.  The plaques (build up of fatty material in my arteries) which lead to my heart attack have most likely been with me since I was a teen.  I was literally a ticking time bomb.

I was lucky.  I survived and I am healthier now that I’ve ever been in my entire life.

DO NOT COUNT ON LUCK.  Get your blood tested and don’t be afraid or timid when it comes to asking questions to your doctor about what your test results mean.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – and understanding your risk for CAD is the first step in beating the odds and living a full, healthy, productive life without the shadow of heart disease looming over all that you do.

Author: summit4cad

I am a widowmaker heart attack survivor who beat the odds. I survived a 100% blockage of my LAD with zero residual heart damage; which is practically unheard of. I attribute my survival and full recovery to my steadfast dedication to daily exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Summit4CAD is a non-profit, educational public benefit corporation headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. My goal with Summit4CAD is to help spread awareness for the causes, symptoms, and treatment of CAD (Coronary Artery Disease); the NUMBER ONE cause of dead world-wide. CAD is inherited and many people are completely unaware that they are suffering from life-threatening heart disease until it's too late. Know your risk and if heart disease runs in your family, get screened! Don't be like me; I was beyond lucky. The statistics are that if you suffer an out-of-the-blue widowmaker similar to the one I did; you will not survive. 90% of the people who have widowmakers die. Life is beautiful. Heart disease is treatable. Heart attacks CAN be prevented. "The best way to survive a heart attack is to never have one to begin with." Thank you for taking the time to visit Summit4CAD and hey! No excuses! Go ride a bicycle!!!!

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