Whilst I've never been diagnosed with any sort of heart disease, my husband has suffered a major heart attack, and, 15 months on, he's now able to play golf again - a major thing for him, believe me! During the various times he's spent in hospital, I've met numerous other patients with various different heart conditions, and now, having read many posts on this excellent forum, I've come to the conclusion that it's time to revise the list of things that apparently "cause" heart disease. After his heart attack, my husband spent time on a ward with four other men. One was in his mid-fifties, and had been receiving treatment for a heart condition since his early twenties. He was lithe and slim, and looked the picture of health, and then he told me he was waiting on a replacement monitoring device (not quite sure what it was), as the one they'd fitted recently had gone wrong. His chest was an embroidery of surgery scars, bless him. The gentleman in the bed opposite was fairly short, not as slim but certainly not overweight, and he was recovering from a bypass operation. He'd only been diagnosed fairly recently. I'd say that he, too, was in his mid fifties. There was a young man in the end bed, very tall, very slim, who was being monitored because of a heart murmur. He wasn't yet 30. And finally, there was Geoff in the bed next to my husband. He was 70, again slim, and a very active man, being a former professional cricketer, and again looked the picture of health. He'd had a heart attack, although not of the same degree as my husband. My husband is a big man, and an ex-smoker, but drinks very little (he was a coach driver). He's 65, and I think that some people would instantly make an assumption about his lifestyle: "he obviously eats far too much/he must drink loads of beer/bet he smokes like a chimney/obviously he doesn't do any exercise". I suspect that some doctors would make assumptions about his lifestyle, too, but the truth is that he underwent radiotherapy eighteen months ago for male breast cancer, and his consultant, after he had the heart attack, is convinced that this is what brought it on. One contributor to this forum stated that she had been trying very hard to lose weight, and whilst she was doing that, she had a stroke - this, too, seems to go against what are popularly-held beliefs - this lady was doing the "right" thing, apparently, but still had a stroke. She also states that she feels that stress played a part, and I think that this may well be a far larger factor than is generally believed. Stress can also promote weight gain, even if you eat lettuce all day every day. My great aunt was a slip of a lady, never more than eight and a half stone in weight, never gained or lost weight apparently, and was always a very active soul, yet she suffered a massive stroke when she was 87, which completely changed her life. She ultimately lived to be 97, but was never able to go back to her normal life. I really think that the time has come to take a much more in-depth look at apparent "causes" of heart disease, as the "typical" victim - overweight, never exercises, smokes and drinks - doesn't actually seem to exist.....Just my own thoughts and observations, of course.