Check your cholesterolCourtesy Michael Prince Photography
Though he was the picture of health on the outside, Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser Star and celebrity personal trainer, collapsed in the gym at 51. “I was on the ground dead,” he said on the TODAY show. His biggest lesson from surviving a heart attack? “Know what is going on with your body from the inside out—just because you look healthy on the outside, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk,” he tells Reader’s Digest. “The genetic issue that I have relates to my cholesterol. It is called Lipoprotein(a).When you go to the doctor to get your cholesterol checked, make sure that he or she doesn’t only check your HDL and your LDL, but also your Lp(a).” Harper has since created Survivors Have Heart program to raise awareness about heart disease. Learn more about medical tests for the silent symptoms of heart disease.
Prioritize exerciseCourtesy Steve Rice
Steve Rice thought he was healthy… until he had a heart attack on a ski trip at the age of 32. Since then, he started working out seven days a week. This doesn’t mean a simple midday walk. It means sweat. Rice spends at least a half hour on a bike or rowing machine. The benefits to his heart health are twofold: his weight has dropped from 192 pounds to 165 pounds and he says his daily sweat sessions “releases any tension and stresses of the day.” Here are 45 things heart doctors do to protect their own hearts.