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.
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
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.
Ironically, I was also in Minnesota when I had my unexplained chest pain. Urgent care couldn't figure it out. Only when I went to ER at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park did they catch it.View Thread
I was in similar situation to you. Mine turned out to be Pericarditis which took three trips to the doctor to figure out.
Each trip they did an EKG, and the pericarditis failed to show up on the EKG. It wasn't till the 3rd time they nailed the diagnoses with certainty.
Like you, mine was triggered while lying down. The horizontal body postion compresses the pericadrium against the chest wall. ( this is the explanation they gave me) triggering symptoms.
Two causes of pericarditis were quoted. Viral or bacterial. But they didn't quote me the 3rd cause which is low thyroid hormone. Thats what mine turned out to be. My TSH lab of 8.0 went ignored, and I was living with hypothyroidism and didn't know it.
While anti inflammitory drugs relieved the symptoms, treatment with thyroid hormone ended the attacks for good.
Wish you the best in finding the answer to your chest pain.