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Why do athletes and people who exercise regularly still suffer heart attacks?


This week a friend of mine who is a fitness buff suffered a heart attack. He looks good, exercises everyday and eats healthful foods. How did this happen? Is there any other way to prevent heart attacks?

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Best Answer Debra Allen (Lady Guinevere) says

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    H C Palting (Express10) 3 years ago

    You're right heredity is just one of at least 11 factors in heart attacks & desk jockey jobs/sedentary lifestyles is another of these 11 factors. Heredity isn't the only factor. What a person does and doesn't do, day in & out counts a great d


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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    That is funny about your aunt. I know someone who says she never eats sweet, and one day someone forgot a pack of M&Ms in her cabinet and she ate the whole thing! I was amazed! But thank God my friend is still alive, and I know he'll be more care


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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    That's what I said to someone yesterday - when it's your time, it doesn't matter what you do. Thanks for your response.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    You're right. Outwardly, he looks very healthy and he eats healthy foods, but I'm just learning that heart disease runs in his family, so he has to be even more careful.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. I'm now learning that my friend has been suffering from high blood pressure, and that it does run in his family. But in my ignorance I always thought that one could prevent heart attacks by keeping physically fit.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    It's possible that they can have high blood pressure and diabetes and not know it, and the damage could already be done, but isn't exercise supposed to reverse all that? I believe though that alcohol and illegal drugs could play a huge part.


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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    Fortunately, the curtain didn't close for my friend because he got help in time, but I shudder to think what could have happened if he didn't. It only takes 4 - 6 minutes for the brain to die without oxygen.


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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    Hi Disappearinghead, I don't think any of us really knows how this happens, but I think a good piece of advice would be to have a thorough physical before beginning any exercise routine, especially if you've lived a sedentary lifestyle.


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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    This seems to make sense. I know my friend exercises regularly in addition to riding to and from work everyday ( a distance of 8 miles each way, I think) so maybe he does overexert himself. Then he does have the genetic component.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    So sorry about your neighbor. I feel sad every time I hear things like this. And we'll never know why it happened because I believe each case is different. Thanks for your comment.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    Thank you, AMAZING THINKER. I agree it is indeed rare. I'm searching for answers so that hopefully, I and my friend and others can try to avoid a heart attack. But, of course, God is in control.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    You're probably right. He's not a moderate kind of guy. Thanks for your comment. Love that saying, BTW.

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    Angela Joseph (quildon) 3 years ago

    Thanks for your comment, midnightcandle4me.

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