Heart attacks in fit individuals

Cardiac issues don’t discriminate based on fitness levels

Our common image of a heart attack victim often resembles a paunchy middle-aged man, whose idea of exercise involves lifting a burger from the nearest fast-food joint. However, this perception tells only part of the story and can lead the rest of us into a false sense of security. A heart attack occurs when the heart muscle is starved of oxygen due to a blocked artery.

While it’s true that most heart attacks do affect individuals with classic risk factors such as sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and obesity, even those who lead a virtuous life can suffer one. Exercise, which is supposed to be good for health, may not offer complete protection; even elite athletes and bodybuilders can be afflicted by heart disease.

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