nature runner wrote:my mother Genes are powerful. At your age a calcium score ($300 not covered by insurance scan of calcification of coronary arteries) can be pricele$$. If you have inherited the genetic predisposition for coronary artery disease despite proper diet and exercise, it may show up already on the scan. Many people say they'd rather not know, but a minor change in daily suppliments can make a big difference. Sometimes a prescription statin even with good cholesterol numbers can make the difference between a sudden death in one's forties and a peaceful one at 101. Also, a 1/2 aspirin a day may be a good idea for you well. Exercise is a great cardio event prevention, but it is minor compared to genetics. I had fantastic cholesterol numbers, ate properly, was not overweight, not diabetic, non smoker, and exercised daily including regular cardio workout. Since my father also did the same but had a heart attack while cross country skiing at age 70, as he had done regularly all winter for decades, I had one of the first scans done over ten years ago. I take a statin as a result! I not only inherited his genes for fitness, but for coronary artery disease too. He's doing good for 89, but his coronary artery bypass graft surgery may have been prevented had scans and statins been available in time for him. Well worth an hour or so of your time and $300.