To reduce your chances of heart disease, you can eat a low fat diet high in Omega 3, take regular exercise, lose weight and do all those other things doctors tell us BUT…..
Consider my family….
Paternal Grandfather – first heart attack in his fifties, eventually died of a stroke at unripe age of 67.
Maternal Grandfather – first heart attack in his forties and died of a heart attack again aged 67.
Father – died very suddenly at tender age of 65 – you guessed it - from a massive heart attack having never shown any sign of heart trouble until that point.
Mother – suffered from acute angina since her late forties. She is now 60 and takes a cocktail of drugs daily to control symptoms
Maternal Uncle – suffered a heart attack at age of forty and has been effectively disabled ever since.
Nothing I can do about any of these factors and yet hereditary factors are thought to play a significant part in development of disease. After death of my father in 2002, I really began to question my lifestyle and turned into a health obsessed freak. The stress of this took my blood pressure to 140 over 90 and I was doing more harm to my body than good. I had to re-examine whole situation.
The big question is this: should I eat ultra sensibly, exercise rigorously, cut out alcohol (fortunately I have not smoked for nearly 8 years) and eat my way through a forest of plant sterols and generally be miserable, or bow to inevitable and enjoy whatever time I have left before my heart packs in?