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James U.

I’m 35 years old. 2 years ago I had a heart attack. My grandfather died when my father was 4 years old at the age of 38 from a heart attack. My father didn’t know him and thus didn’t really speak much about him. Unfortunately, without this information I smoked, drank, and ate what I wanted. Exercise was an afterthought and taking aspirin was pretty much a waste of time in my mind. I was wrong. I won’t bore you with the story of the heart attack itself - although it is a rather interesting one. What I will offer is this: don’t assume that you will not be affected. My father is 64 and he has been healthy his whole life. Last year - almost a year to the day - he had a heart attack. Both he and I have turned our lives around - we take Plavix, Lipitor, Lopressor, and a low dose aspirin. Both of us have lost weight, I have quit smoking and we both exercise regularly and eat healthy... I was 33 years old... Thirty-three... and I took a ride in an ambulance and was told to “call my family because you might not make it”. If that’s not enough to wake up, nothing is.

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James U.

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