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How short is my life looking ?

My mom had a heart attack at 42. She survived.. scary, though. I know we have heart disease on both sides of the family. What're my chances of a heart attack any time soon if I do not change my habits now? I'm currently 18 years old, 220 lbs at 5'3" (yeah, pretty obese), and my blood pressure is high (143/102). I don't eat very healthy and don't really exercise. How short is my life looking? Would you say I'd have a heart attack before I'm 25 at this rate?
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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That is a good possiblity, then again, it is not just the weight issue. I mean I went to school with a guy (when I was in highschool) who had a heart attack. It can happen at any age. However, your blood pressure is the main factor here. From what I was told, well what I heard when I went to the doctors office with my boyfriend. He has really high blood pressure and just now got it under control. They were surprised nothing has happened to him before now, seeing as though he is in his 40's and he has had high bp since he was a teen. You need to see a doctor and get put on medication for the high bp or see what else can be done to bring it down. There may be things you can do to bring it down, but in the meantime, you really need something to help. You do need to do something about the weight issue too. The doctor said something about that too, but not too much about it until at a later date. It was after a cholesterol test. You can find a diet or excercise that is right for you. You could always do more healthy eating during the week and find a day that you can have basically whatever you want (so you don't have to cut out everything you enjoy) and make sure you excercise more, even if it is walking a little everyday or every other day. You can start out slow and work your way up. Good Luck and hope it goes well for you.
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