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Do you know someone under 50 who had a heart attack?

how overweight were they?

Mon. Jun 18, 4:25pm

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Woman, aged 46, nonsmoker, about 30 lbs overweight. She lives in Scotland (famous for having the worst eating/drinking/exercise habits in Europe).

Woman, aged 43, smoker and drinker - it was a stroke, not a heart attack, and she died. Her weight was normal but her diet was far from healthy, and her only form of exercise was walking in stillettos.

Monday, June 18, 2007, 6:10 PM

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Here's an interesting biography for you. Jim Fixx was 52 when he died, but came from a family with a history of heart disease -- his father had a heart attack at 35! Fixx was a great popularizer of running and fitness, and was super-fit at the time of his death. He had not always been so healthy, however.

Just a reminder that both genetics and past follies may have as much to do with heart attack as weight and exercise habits. Indeed, I know a relatively young woman with severe heart problems caused by anorexia when she was a teenager -- underweight and/or low HDL cholesterol levels can be dangerous, too!


Monday, June 18, 2007, 6:34 PM

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My father had a heart attack when he was only 46. He survived, thankfully, and now we monitor his heart health to an (almost) excessive extent. He was MAYBE ten pounds overweight, I'd say moderately active at the time. We have Native American heritage, though, so apparently we're prone to having heart problems. Genetics aside, my father was raised on a meat and potato eating, whole milk drinking diet, and he also enjoyed (more than) his fair share of "Filet-O-Fish" sandwiches. So there were a number of contributing factors.

Just thought I'd share.


Monday, June 18, 2007, 10:28 PM

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my dad has had two before he turned 50- first one early 40s, and the second one late 40s... he's very overweight, eats disgusting foods, diabetic, regular coke drinker (2 two liter bottles a day) heavy chain smoker and stressful job. he's a walking time bomb... sad.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 9:27 AM

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My uncle shaun was 46 when he passes. He was a very healthy eater, worked for the forest service which gave him plenty of exercise, was NOT overweight, but was a smoker. He passes from a "sudden death heart attack" in his sleep.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 11:29 AM

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my brother in law was 39 when he had a heart attack. Not in bad shape, pretty active guy. He's got a family history full of heart problems- it's not alway about weight.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 11:45 AM

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