“I thought I took care of myself. From cycling to running and with nutritional habits of a near-vegetarian, the thought of heart disease never crossed my mind. Cancer – yes – given that both my parents had died from it, but not cardiovascular disease (CVD). Add to this the fact that I had been only an occasional smoker at least three decades ago and, like many people, I enjoyed a few drinks on the weekend. No doctor had ever said to me ‘you could be at risk of a heart attack.’ But in 2012, at the age of 53, I lived the risk.