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Can a healthy person get heart disease?

It is possible for a seemingly healthy person without obvious risk factors to develop heart disease. For example, an active person who doesn't smoke and doesn't have diabetes may have a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol. This may lead to heart disease, if untreated. This is why everyone should have regular checkups with their doctor, even when feeling well. Screening tests can be done to check for diseases that can be prevented.
It's not infrequent that healthy people suffer from cardiac events. I've had marathon runners come in who have run 26-mile races. They weigh 150 pounds. They're men, 5 foot 10 inches tall and on a vegetarian diet, but they come in with chest pain and are having a massive heart attack. It's genetic predisposition. They may stay in shape, eat exactly right, have normal blood pressure and not smoke, but their arteries are horrible because of a genetic predisposition.

If you have a genetic predisposition, it doesn't mean you shouldn't be in shape or eat right, but you shouldn’t ignore it. Just because you're thin and are vegan, it doesn't mean you can't have heart disease.

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