Probably a great many more than you think.
Think of how many people you know over thirty; then multiply that number by 90%. You see, most people in the United States over the age of thirty already have heart disease, although most of them have never experienced the first symptom. And far too often that first symptom is a deadly heart attack.
That's what happened to Mike---a good friend of mine in Stonington, CT, a few weeks ago. He was 71, an avid skier, sailor, exercised regularly and was apparently in very good health. While expecting to enjoy many more years of travel, leisure, volunteer work and great times with friends and family---his life was snatched away in an instant. It is the memory of Mike that inspired me to write this post today. Maybe his story will help to save others; he would like that.
This photo illustrates the way I will remember my good friend---enjoying time on the water with me and my oldest grandson, Collin. Unfortunately for Mike's grandchildren, they will not be able to sail with their grandfather ever again. Because Mike died of heart disease on April 5, 2013.
So did Mike know that he had heart disease? I doubt it, although I know that he visited a number of physicians regularly and he may have been taking cholesterol lowering drugs. But no one dies from high cholesterol. Cholesterol is just a bio-marker. Click here to continue reading this article.
—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation