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    Somebody very close to me (not me) is a workout-aholic. They work out at least 1.5 hours a day, every day, they are fit looking, active, etc.

    At 44 they were just diagnosed as having had a "silent" heart-attack and they were told they might need open-heart surgery.

    Makes you wonder why you should workout.....

    Actually not, but it is sad to see somebody that takes care of themself very well, that does not smoke, drink, etc. have heart problems at such a young age.
     
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    Free, I'm sorry about your friend. Heart problems are a very scary thing especially when it's unexpected like that! Good luck to your friend and you all will be in my Prayers!
     
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    Thank you very much!
     
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    Did you know heart disease is the # 1 killer of women? Over breast cancer?

    They attribute part of it to women being in the 'workforce' and having added stress. Apparently, tho' your friend works out he isn't releasing the stress. I'm sorry .
    My father was a very athletic man. Use to preach to his buddies about their eating habits, drinking, smoking. He died of colon cancer--another stress disease. Seems he turned stress inward.
     
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    Actually, I wasn't gonna let it out of the bag, but the person is my WIFE. So yes, I know and it SCARES me.

    She is naturally (if there is such a thing) a stressful person. She doesn't work, but I guess the stress over selling our house took it's toll. She is avid about working out (and, of course, looks fine) and she does so six days a week at LEAST 1.5 hours a day, but usually more. She takes cycling classes, boxing, lifts weights, etc. It just amazes me. I figured I would be the one to have heart problems first. I am lazy, overweight (although I am working out with a trainer again now, so am losing) and I smoke cigs. But I just had a stress test and was told I have the heart of a 20 something. Go figure.

    I am sure all will be okay, but I really worry cuz she stresses out over EVERYTHING.
     
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    I'm so very sorry to hear that.

    You know, stress is different than nervousness. My mother is a VERY nervous type person. Say the word nervous & weight just drops off her; very hightstrung. Dad on the other hand, as I said, took very good care of himself. Was a patient man. But the stress got him. Have your wife talk to the drs about it. I'm not one to run to a pill but if that is what it takes for your wife to manage the stress, so be it. Now we have to worry about you. This is scarey. Take care of yourself. You need to be able to handle this as well. Also, I believe a body is going to do what a body is going to do. Not that you should abuse it, but some of this stuff is heredity. Which scares me, too. Please keep me informed.
     
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    Free, I'm so sorry to hear it's your wife! She, you both, will definately be in my Prayers!!
     
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    Thank you all for your words of support. We will get through it. She is one tuff cookie, so once she learns how to control her stress/nervousness, etc., she should be okay.

    My dad had his first heat attack at 35. I am now 37, so I worry about it a lot. Up until about two years ago I was in excellent shape other than my smoking. I worked out five days a week boxing and I loved it. But then I spent a year commuting back and forth between NYC and Vegas and I put on about (eek) 40 pounds!

    I am back to getting it off and this recent news regarding my wife is making me start looking at things more closely.

    Again, thanks for the support and prayers. They are TRULY appreciated.
     
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    Free.. that's pretty common with women your wife's age. She is probably somewhere close to entering menopause. Prior to menopause, the female hormones act like a cleanser for the arteries surrounding the heart, keeping them clean. When women approach menopause, they lose those hormones and then all hell breaks loose. (which is why its uncommon to hear of women and heart disease prior to menopause).

    The surgery is so common today. Its even better that she works out because if she does have to undergo surgery (which is a worst case scenario, now-a-days they can do stents right in the cath lab) it'll help her recover that much faster.

    Its a shitty thing to have to go through and it adds stress onto a situation that needs to be stress free. I hope all is well!! Keep us updated!
     
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    You know, it's funny (& I don't mean the ha ha kind) how the tables have turned. When I was a young girl my mom's Ob/Gyn told her that when they were 40ish for her to take as much stress off my father as possible. That he was reaching that age when heart attacks started showing up in men. She was better suited to stand the stress. She was a stay at home mom- but did office work for my father's business. So now ladies--looks like we've earned equal rights.
     

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