Lifewatch: Heart Attacks

WILMINGTON -- There are a lot of healthy people who may be sick of hearing about how things like smoking and obesity contribute to heart attacks.

One woman thought she was doing everything right, but had a heart attack anyway.

Suzanne Weeks, 43 years old and an avid scuba diver, could easily carry 65 pounds of gear.

"You do need to be fit and able carry that weight about 200 yards and swim 200 yards," said Weeks.

She ate healthy too.

"I have been a vegetarian before my heart attack," said Weeks.

Longevity runs in her family, so Weeks never thought she'd have a heart attack.

"I began having symptoms of jaw pain, numbness and tingling down both arms--I didn't feel quite right. I had a bit of chest pain, but not excruciating," said Weeks.

Doctor Ermina Guarneri, cardiologist and founder of the scripps center for integrative medicine said protecting your heart takes more than good cholesterol levels.

"It's about stress, and lifestyle. Are you living a stressed life, a depressed life, are you exercising everyday? So there's lots of pieces to the puzzles when we look at why someone has a heart attack," said Guarneri, M.D.

Suzanne took her advice to heart and added yoga, meditation, journalizing into her health and wellness program.  Most importantly, she makes sure to get 30 minutes of cardio exercise a day.

Daily exercise is key, and you don't have to be a runner or a gym rat to make it happen.  A brisk walk is all it takes.

And stress can be just as harmful as overeating or lighting up a cigarette.

Reported by Kristy Ondo