jnuwer (jnuwer) wrote,

cardiovascular health strikes again...and again

This is a direct quote from the book that I'm studying for my liscensing exam:

"A 50-year-old marathon runner who eats well and has a high HDL without other risk factors for coronary heart disease (diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, family members with early heart attacks) is unlikely to have had a heart attack. A long-term smoker with a positive family history and chronic high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol has had a heart attack until proven otherwise!"

Here's another one for the young people:

"Smoking is the single most significant source of preventable morbidity [illnesses that don't kill you] and premature death in the United States."

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