Heartattack risk

By JaxDeWolfe Latest Reply 2011-12-27 08:24:08 -0600
Started 2011-07-28 12:29:18 -0500

Yesterday I went for my annual physical, I have a new doctor now upon my move to a new state. My dad has had 2 heartattacks in one year at the age of 46. Which was 10 years ago now.
I'm 25, and am as active as I can be with playing tennis a couple times a week, along with hiking as often as I can, and lifting weights in between then. I also try to eat very healthy. I have never smoked, and drink very rarely. I guess I have a phobia of having one myself since it happened to my dad twice, and my grandpa had triple by-pass that same year.
Am I doing all I can in preventive care for myself? I know women don't have AS high a risk, but definitely worries me in the future.

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redorangedog 2011-12-27 08:24:08 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, CRP. Blood C-reactive protein is one of the newer coronary heart disease screening tests that is used in people without any signs of heart disease. It is a marker of inflammation in the arteries and is thought to play a role in the accumulation of plaques in the coronary arteries. A number of studies have found CRP levels to predict a person's risk of heart attack. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that adding a CRP test to the traditional Framingham Risk Score measure may improve heart attack prediction for women. Besides CRP, family history of heart disease (having a parent who had a heart attack before age 60) also helped calculate a women's odds of heart trouble. In the study, which included nearly 25,000 women ages 45 and older, adding CRP and family history using a measure called the Reynolds Risk score changed the outlook for nearly half of them; some women were found to have a higher-than-thought heart attack risk, while others were actually at a lower risk.
Homocysteine. This blood amino acid is linked to a higher coronary heart disease risk. Researchers suspect high homocysteine levels may contribute to coronary heart disease by damaging the lining of the arteries and promoting blood clots. Experts advise against widespread screening, because it is unclear whether the information adds anything to standard risk factor measurements. In addition, studies evaluating treatments that lower homocysteine (such as folic acid supplements and other B vitamins) have demonstrated no improvement in coronary heart disease risk. Red

redorangedog 2011-12-26 20:59:33 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, I know how you feel. My family history puts me at a high risk for heart disease. My father died at 48 years old from ASHD, having his first MI at 41 years old. Sister #1 had her first MI at 46 years old, sister#2 had her first MI at 48 years old and my Mother had her first MI at 60 years old. My brother had his first of many Mi's at 49 years old and he was a prize winning athlete. My brother and sister had open heart surgeries (CABGS) several times before they expired. One sister had a transplant after her second MI and multiple angioplasties, she is now having heart failure and not expected to be here for too long. A few years ago, I had the worst shock of my life, my son had his first and fatal MI at 32 years old. I thought that I could outsmart my genetic makeup by being a vegetarian for 54+ years and an aerobics instructor for 25+ years and never smoking nor hardly any drinking and in the medical field most of my life, earning multiple degrees and working as an Coronary Care and Intensive Care Nurse and Respiratory Care Practitioner for 34+ years, before my first MI and Stroke. I was tested for the genetic markers for heart disease and the IL-1 gene for inflammation, they all showed up positive. The doctor said I would had not survived had it not been for the collateral circulation produced from physical activity, the strict vegetarian and vegan diet and being on the low side of normal body weight that I had imposed on myself for all those years. You seem to be doing everything you can to keep heart disease away. Red meat is not recommended by Harvard's, Healthy Eating Plate, health.harvard.edu/Plate for more information and Harvard has a free e-mail newsletter at www.health.harvard.edu. for heart care. The amount of stress you experience in your life is also a factor. Are you the so-called type A or B person, easily stress or more of a calm personality? This is something within your control and can be a learned quality. There is a great article in November 2011 Vogue, called "Matters of the Heart" which details the difference between the signs and symptoms women have a month before a heart attack as opposed to men. Common symptoms are 70% unusual fatigue, 48% sleep disturbance, 42% shortness of breath, 39% indigestion, and 35% heightened sense of anxiety. Keep up your healthy life-style of diet and exercise and be aware of those signs and symptoms, reporting anything unusual to your doctor and let go of anger and stress. I think that is the most anyone can do for one's self. You just can't pick your parents. Red

HeartHawk 2011-08-01 15:07:07 -0500 Report


The most definitive test for detecting early and "hidden" heart disease is the calcium score via what is popularly known as a heart scan. If your score is zero your risk drops to near zero. If it is positive you have some degree of heart disease and need to begin an investigation and correction of the root cause while it is in its earliest and most reversible stages.

Heart disease can be prevented and even reversed but first you have to know why you have it (assuming you do)!


redorangedog 2011-12-26 21:23:06 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, It is explained in the article (Nov. 2011) in Vogue, that women deposit calcium differently than men. Calcium is deposited in the vascular system differently than men. The female will have calcium scattered throughout their vascular system rather than developing larger detectable deposits, making the test less reliable in the female. I have had that test done three times in my life, once two months before infarction and it always came up with zero score. There are also other reasons for people having a MI. There are several triggers, one being a respiratory infection another is connective tissue disease, cocaine use, work stress, anger, physical activity, caffeinated beverages, a heavy metal, sexual activity, air pollution and more. Harvard Heart Letter Dec. 2011 www.health.harvard.edu for free e-mail back and current issues.

MWmelbourne 2011-07-31 09:40:25 -0500 Report

sounds like yoo are on track to being heart healthy for a long time even with the family history. Medical Science has improved so much that hopefully with the right doctors /care you will never have to walk in their shoes. Keep up the good work and remember to enjoy life, activity and all good things in moderation!

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