Challenge Day 15: My daddy, Jimmy Ray Gunter, died of a heart attack. Daddy had just had his 71st birthday 6 days before. My father-in-law, Robert Bruce McClendon, Jr., died of a dissecting aneurysm of the aorta. He was only 52 years old. There are many cardiac events sprinkled across our family history.
Our oldest daughter has Marfan Syndrome, which itself comes with a multitude of heart issues. My husband has Marfanoid Syndrome. He met most, but not all, of the criteria for Marfan Syndrome. There is nothing that we can do to prevent Marfan Syndrome to my knowledge, but there are things that we can do to help protect the heart. Eating healthy foods, the more natural, unprocessed, the better, and we can exercise at a safe level for our individual bodies. Avoiding alcohol abuse and not smoking can also help protect our hearts and other organs as well as those of our loved ones.