In his book, Be Heart Smart: Understand, Treat, and Prevent Coronary Heart Disease, Dr. Waqar Khan, MD, MPH tells the story of Martin, an internist who is very lean, plays high-level racquetball, runs, watches his diet, has never smoked, and is the epitome of physical health. Then he had a heart attack. Fifteen years after his quadruple bypass, Martin is back to his usual picture of health and still plays racquetball and runs.

But why did this happen? Martin thought he was doing everything right to protect his health, and he had no history of any heart problems, so he couldn’t understand why he had fallen victim to a heart attack.

In an article for, Dr. Khan shared this story and the major risk factor for coronary heart disease that contributed to Martin’s heart attack: having a first-degree family member (Martin’s brother) with premature heart disease.

To learn the conditions, lifestyle choices and risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop coronoary heart disease, read the full article here: or order a copy of the book on Amazon.