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Old 03-13-2019, 02:11 PM
 
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Know anyone who had a heart attack before age 50? Was it due to a heart defect or a lifestyle factor?
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:20 PM
 
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My stepfather died of a heart attack when he was 47. He was not overweight at all, but he was a smoker. Autopsy showed no heart defects. It was all lifestyle related - officially arteriosclerosis. No family history of heart attack or disease. Smoking killed him.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Coworker's husband had a heart attack in his 40s.


Hereditary defect he was unaware prior to heart attack.


Not overweight, not a smoker.


Fortunately he survived the heart attack.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:44 PM
 
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I can name several people in the sports field. Here's one--Pete Maravich.

He could have been the greatest player in NBA history but had a bunch of issues, mentally related and family related. He retired from the Boston Celtics in 1982, went through a nasty siege of depression. Worked his way through it, got active playing basketball with friends and former teammates. was doing fine. He got into various things-studied the Hindu religion, became a vegetarian, studied macrobiotics, studied the UFO's and their history, and other things.

And then dropped dead playing basketball at the age of 40. The autopsy done on him showed that he was born with just one coronary artery with the other coronary artery enlarged so much that it just simply gave out. What amazed me is how he played at such a high level of athleticism and lasted as long as he did.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:48 PM
 
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I know of two people that had heart attacks in their 40's. Both had a family history of heart disease. Neither were overweight and neither were smokers.

Genetics can be your worst enemy.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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I can name several people in the sports field. Here's one--Pete Maravich.

He could have been the greatest player in NBA history but had a bunch of issues, mentally related and family related. He retired from the Boston Celtics in 1982, went through a nasty siege of depression. Worked his way through it, got active playing basketball with friends and former teammates. was doing fine. He got into various things-studied the Hindu religion, became a vegetarian, studied macrobiotics, studied the UFO's and their history, and other things.

And then dropped dead playing basketball at the age of 40. The autopsy done on him showed that he was born with just one coronary artery with the other coronary artery enlarged so much that it just simply gave out. What amazed me is how he played at such a high level of athleticism and lasted as long as he did.
That reminds me - we also had a neighbor who died of a heart attack in his sleep when he was very young - maybe 30 or so. Ended up he had the same heart defect as that professional figure skater -can't remember his name - who died.


Edit: https://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/22/s...ctor-says.html
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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Cousin had a heart attack at age 49. She's a type 1 diabetic, no other risk factors, not overweight, pretty active.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:43 PM
 
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"Was it due to a heart defect or a lifestyle factor?"

all the ones with which i know the details:
genetics. born that way. autopsies conclusive.

all the ones with which i am unsure:
lifestyle, since the families did not
release the medical findings.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:00 PM
 
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I know of one who died at the age of 18 while playing tennis. Most likely hear attack.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:03 PM
 
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My uncle was a marathon runner-so gorgeous that even now when I post old family pics on FB, people ask, "Who is that guy?" Sadly, he died of a heart attack on a Monday morning in his boss' office. He was 42. His son, my cousin, has a beer gut and smokes and is still alive at age 50+.

No autopsy so we don't know if he had any predisposing factors; it was before cardiac caths and scans, but he had a stressful job and was always out running when he wasn't at work.

The writer James Michener survived a heart attack at an advanced age and said that some research has shown you're more likely to survive a heart attack when you're older because your body has developed alternate routes for the blood flow after blockages developed.
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