Congenital Heart Disease – A Conundrum

To reduce your chances of heart disease, you can eat a low-fat diet high in Omega 3, take regular exercise, lose weight and do all those other things the doctors tell us. That said, consider this family:  

 
Paternal Grandfather – first heart attack in his fifties, eventually died of a stroke at the unripe age of 67. 
 
Maternal Grandfather – first heart attack in his forties and died of a heart attack again aged 67. 
 
Father – died very suddenly at the tender age of 65 – you guessed it – from a massive heart attack having never shown any sign of heart trouble until that point. 
 
Mother – suffered from acute angina since her late forties. She is now 60 and takes a cocktail of drugs daily to control the symptoms 
 
Maternal Uncle – suffered a heart attack at the age of forty and has been effectively disabled ever since. 
 
There is nothing we can do about any of these factors. and yet hereditary factors are thought to play a significant part in the development of the disease. After the death of the father in 2002, this person really began to question their lifestyle and turned into a health-obsessed individual. The stress of this took their blood pressure to 140 over 90 and they was doing more harm to my body than good. They had to re-examine the whole situation. 
 
The big question is this: Should we eat ultra-sensibly, exercise rigorously, cut out the alcohol, and eat our way through a forest of plant sterols and generally be miserable? Or should we bow to the inevitable and enjoy whatever time we have left before our hearts pack in? 
 
Most doctors say we should be sensible and do the former, but many of us are more inclined to live our lives to the fullest. The trick is to strike a balance with what you’re comfortable with and what your doctor recommends.  
 
Take heart! Be sensible not obsessive. Get checked regularly. 

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