Yesterday, I published a list of Risk Factors for Heart Disease. I had a heart attack last year, and subsequently had a heart attack, so obviously I have a risk of further heart problems. I am trying very hard to lower my risk factors, improve my health, and avoid any further heart problems.
Some of the Risk Factors don’t Impact Me
So, let’s look at a list of risk factors that really don’t impct me.
- High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Illegal Drug Use
Why don’t these risk factors matter to me?
Well, I would not say they don’t matter, but what I would say is that they are not a risk for me, or not much of a risk. This is my layman’s opinion, of course, but let’s see why I feel they are not impactful to me.
I have never been a smoker. Oh, when I was a kid there were like maybe two times when I took a puff of a cigarette, but I did not like it. Just a single puff like once or maybe twice. I just don’t believe that one or two puffs of a cigarette some 45 or more years ago would have a negative impact on my health. I am so glad that I never was a smoker. Who needs it?
High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
I listed this on my “don’t impact me” list, although I was hesitant to do so. Fact is that my Cholesterol and Triglycerides have always been low. They have been at the lowest end of the “normal” range on every blood test that I have ever had. Cholesterol and Triglycerides have never been a problem for me.
So, why did I hesitate to include it as a personal risk factor? Well, my father had a heart attack at age 55 (same age that I am now) and he died in an instant. His cholesterol and triglycerides were always very high. Because of this, I have a family history of high cholesterol and triglycerides. Although I have never had the problem, I do feel that it is something I need to keep an eye on.
Today, though, I do not feel that this is a personal risk factor for me. I hope to keep it that way!
Illegal Drug Use
I have never been a drug user. One time, when I was in college, I did try marijuana (I did inhale). But, I never felt that it was something that was really that great or something I desired, so I never used it again. When I did try it, it was only a few puffs at most.
I have never used or even tried any other type of illicit drug. I have only used prescription drugs that were given to me by a doctor.
Because of these things, I do not believe that I have any heart disease risk from Illegal or Illicit Drugs.
Come back and check my next article when I will look at Heart Disease Risk Factors that I have no control over.