My mother is 53 and has a slightly enlarged heart, mildly elevated blood pressure and slight...? hardening of the arteries. How typical is this for her age? She does not eat well, smokes and has Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, she has seen my father, stepfather, several uncles and both of my grandmothers die of heart disease and/or lung cancer yet she refuses to change her lifestyle. I have tried and tried to open her eyes to the reality she faces, but... she doesn t seem to want to hear it.