So, you are super fit, run loads, have no body fat and eat healthy. No chance of you having heart disease then, right?
Sadly the answer is no. Jim Fixx, credited with starting the jogging for health revolution in the ‘70s with the publication of the iconic “The Complete Book of Running”, died of a heart attack at the age of 52.
Regular exercise and healthy lifestyle undoubtedly dramatically improves your health and reduces the risks of serious heart disease, strokes and cancer – the leading cause of death in the Western world. But it is not a guarantee you won’t develop heart issues, and you should remain mindful of worrying symptoms. There is still so much we don’t understand about heart disease, including the role genetics play. There are also many types of heart problems which are not related to vascular disease, such as hereditary or viral cardiomyopathies, and electrical abnormalities of the heart, that can affect anybody.
Stay healthy and strong, don’t worry, but do get checked over if there are symptoms that concern you.
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