I have no idea about the electrical shock question, but when it comes to runners, yes, its possible for a marathon runner with low cholesterol levels to develop atherosclerosis. Its frustrating and mind boggling when this happens.
Recent articles I have read on the subject of marathoners point to excessive running as doing harm.
Yes, if Mom and Dad had the disease that ups the odds of the kids encountering the same one day. Genetics will always play a role in many diseases.
Certain races are also more likely to develop atherosclerosis. And people with other underlying conditions such as diabetes are at higher risk. The disease also tends to follow economic lines. Age is in itself a risk factor, no matter who you are.
There are so many different theories on what causes atherosclerosis its enough to make my head spin. People tend to latch onto a theory, including myself. But if I could ask a person with heart disease only one question, it would be "Where do you live?"
This crazy disease tends to follow geographic boundaries as well, varying greatly from one area to another. Certain areas of the world may have higher death rates, but that does not mean their cholesterol is any more than areas that have lower death rates.
For runners, the second question I would ask is "Where do you run? Along side a busy road?"
A few weeks ago I was stopped at a signal light in rush hour traffic. 6 lanes in both directions at this intersection. Suddenly a jogger ran past the hood of my car. I know his intention was to improve his cardiovascular health, but i cringed at the thought he may being doing more harm than good choosing that hour and location to run. He might as well be smoking cigarettes for all the auto emissions he was taking into his lungs and arteries.
That is awesome cardiostar. Its a positive step in the right direction. Up to 400 miles per charge is highly marketable. Now its just a matter of getting cost down to something the average consumer can afford.
I believe this would give heart disease a hard kick in the pants.
While most people accept smoking as a major risk factor in heart disease, I would venture to say the vast majority have yet to realize air pollution as a valid risk factor. Most have never given it a thought.
But I have studied it hard and tracked the rise and fall of heart disease with smoking, and the internal combustion engine. I have compared death rates to air pollution levels over the course of time and geographic location. The association is overwhelming.
Thank you Cardiostar for driving a zero emissions vehicle. One day we all will because of people like you.View Thread
Hi Cardiostar. Great post. On the subject of air pollution and heart disease, my next door neighbor has a new car in his driveway. Its says ZERO EMISSIONS on the license plate. No tail pipe. Its a Tesla and gets up to 260 miles per charge. The world is changing, and I believe what is in my neighbors driveway is major a step in preventing vascular disease.
The decline in heart disease deaths in the USA since 1970 has fascinated me. I have studied this trend and potential contributors.
All in all, I think its multi-factored between medical advancements, changes in social behaviors like smoking, and environmental.
Some of the changes were so gradual, people forget exactly what it was like living back in 1968 when heart disease peaked at an all time high.
I examine those changes. All positive changes that impact our lives for the better, but are taken for granted by the younger generations because they were not around back then.
Granted it involves theory as its related to heart disease. Many resist outside the box thinking. But these positive changes were real, and heart disease declined hand in hand as these changes occurred. The only remaining question is, did these factors contribute to the decline?View Thread
On the weight issue I can't speak for others, but for myself I find eliminating bread and flour products has a huge impact on losing weight. If I make no other changes, just eliminate bread, off comes the pounds.View Thread
It would also be interesting to know which counties experienced the decline.
Back in 2002 while vacationing in Gulf Shores Alabama, I was stunned to walk into a restaurant to find people smoking. I asked for non-smoking and the host said " We don't have non smoking" The scene reminded me of the 1960's.
Sure enough, In 2002, laws for that area had yet to be passed against smoking in public buildings. They have since been passed and the area has progressed.View Thread
That is good news. One possible contribution may be tighter restrictions on second hand smoke in public places.
I have seen reports that when stricter smoking laws go into effect for a city or county, admissions to local hospitals for chest pain and heart attack notably drop, and the change is recognized almost immediately after the laws are passed.
The world has changed a lot since 1970 when the decline started. It's great to see the decline continue.
People think I'm nuts when I cite modern day central heat and air playing a role in the decline of vascular disease after 1970.
Few people had central air before 1970, if they had A/C at all. The growth of central Air coincides with the decline in heart disease in the US. Of course association doesn't prove causation, but there may be a link.
We know that heart attacks are more likely to occur in extreme temperature conditions, hot or cold. But it may go beyond that.
Central A/C cleans the air. Not just the main dust filter, but thru condensation on the evaporator coil taking out the fine particulate and sending it out the drain pipe in a trickle of water.
Cleaner, dryer, more dense air is inhaled by the occupants, improving artery health.