Why Does One Man Have a Heart Attack and Another Doesn’t? Dr. Khan explained the risks to LifeZette

One morning, 45-year-old Martin, the epitome of physical health, got up at his usual early hour, threw on his running gear, and went out for a quick jog. He came back home, did a few stretches, and ate some breakfast. Then he started feeling like he had indigestion, so he popped a couple antacids.
After a few hours, the indigestion hadn’t gone away. Martin thought he might be having an issue with his gallbladder, so he drove himself to the ER at the hospital where he works and asked a colleague to run a few tests. The tests showed that Martin’s gallbladder was fine. His EKG, however, was highly abnormal. Martin was having a heart attack. The next day we performed a quadruple bypass on him.
Martin had no history of heart problems, so why did he fall victim to a heart attack?
Although the medical community we cannot predict with 100 percent certainty who will have a heart attack and who will not, we have identified certain conditions and lifestyle choices that can make a person more likely to develop CHD. These are called risk factors. In general, having more risk factors increases the likelihood of developing CHD. Based on thousands of research studies and decades of data, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have identified the following as the strongest predictors for 10-year risk of developing CHD: older age, male gender, race, elevated total cholesterol, low HDL “good” cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood pressure treatment status, diabetes, and smoking.
Being aware of these factors and knowing your personal risk level is an important step in understanding the disease. Controlling your risk factors may slow the growth of atherosclerotic plaques, reverse disease, or even prevent a heart attack.
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