I am a believer in the efficacy of healthy lifestyle choices for the primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD). As a result, I make a serious effort to eat healthy, exercise effectively, manage stress, avoid cigarette smoke, and keep a positive attitude. Looking back on my life, I would love to tell you that my commitment to healthy living was the result of native intelligence, but it was not. Instead, it was born out of need. For the first 33 years of my life, healthy living took a back seat to other, seemingly more important things that took my time and interest: my family, work, and community. Besides, I had always been healthy. Serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer happened to other people. Sure, there were things that could have been improved. My cholesterol was too high, I could stand to lose a few pounds, and my exercise regimen was sporadic. There would be time, I thought, to improve my numbers and my health in the future. But I was wrong.