The Women's Center at a local university had a heart disease screening day. This is something I care about because one of my aunts dropped dead of a heart attack at 46. My dad had his first heart attack at 46. His father had his first heart attack at 46. I'm 42.
I have talked to doctors about this and they have reassured me that it is more lifestyle than genetics. I have gotten the usual screenings and everything is always fine. My doctor offered to put me on statins but since my cholesterol has never been high, I declined. I did agree to a daily low-dose aspirin.
My screenings today were great too. My blood pressure was high when I first got in, but I had walked quickly on my way in and when the nurse took it again after a few minutes it was closer to my usual readings, 119/76.
My cholesterol was 148, with an HDL of 72. It has always been fine.
I didn't know they would take a blood sugar reading so I had eaten before leaving for the screening. The nurse said that my reading of 112 was normal considering that.
I exercise regularly, try to eat healthfully. I don't smoke and rarely drink. I try to manage stress. I am working on losing weight, or trying, at least.
I'm motivated by more than just fitting into my skinny jeans -- staving off the family legacy of diabetes and heart disease is a big motivator for me.
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