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How can a person who's cholesterol is fine, blood pressure is fine, exercises, eats right have a heart attack?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Many poss factors

Heart attacks have many different risk factors that contribute to the condition.
Cholesterol and BP are just 2, others include family history, smoking, gender, age, other medical issues like diabetes, obesity, cancer, prior heart conditions, defects or infections. We sometimes hear of elite athletes or fit individuals dying of heart attacks; usually caused by one or more of these other factors.

In brief: Many poss factors

Heart attacks have many different risk factors that contribute to the condition.
Cholesterol and BP are just 2, others include family history, smoking, gender, age, other medical issues like diabetes, obesity, cancer, prior heart conditions, defects or infections. We sometimes hear of elite athletes or fit individuals dying of heart attacks; usually caused by one or more of these other factors.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Genetics

Even so the cholesterol may appear normal, one sometimes has to look at the LDL or bad cholesterol with methods such as nuclear magnetic resonance, nmr, to determine the number of small particles in the ldl.
Small particles are much more dangerous than large particles in the LDL and can only be discovered by special testing. Also good cholesterol, hdl, if low, is in general, dangerous.

In brief: Genetics

Even so the cholesterol may appear normal, one sometimes has to look at the LDL or bad cholesterol with methods such as nuclear magnetic resonance, nmr, to determine the number of small particles in the ldl.
Small particles are much more dangerous than large particles in the LDL and can only be discovered by special testing. Also good cholesterol, hdl, if low, is in general, dangerous.
Dr. Charles Jost
Dr. Charles Jost
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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine

In brief: Stuff Happens

It is also important to realize that even a person who does everything correctly can still have a heart attack.
One of the main risk factors is age, which we can not control. Another primary risk factor is family history, which again we can not control.

In brief: Stuff Happens

It is also important to realize that even a person who does everything correctly can still have a heart attack.
One of the main risk factors is age, which we can not control. Another primary risk factor is family history, which again we can not control.
Dr. Lori Wagner
Dr. Lori Wagner
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