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Tags: diet , fitness , heart

I am 55 years old and have just had a heart attack and am recovering. I know that my family history of vascular problems (Father Stroke at 50, Mother Anuerysm at 60) is most relevent but I am still struggling how to understand how I had an attack.

I do not smoke. I do not drink to excess. I am very fit and healthy. I play singles tennis very actively. I have always had normal blood pressure. Can you help me understand this?

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The Answer

This heart attack has come as a great shock to you and has had a profound impact on your life. It is possible that your lipid profile and family genetic factors have contributed to this heart attack, despite your best endeavours at leading a healthy lifestyle.  

All of us need to follow your example of eating healthy, engaging in physical activity and not smoking in order to reduce our personal and collective risk of having a heart attack. We are fortunate that once we have recovered from a heart attack, further surgical and medical management interventions can be put into place to extend the quality of our lives. For more information on how to look after your heart please view our Heart centre.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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