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Oct. 31, 2019, 6:37 a.m. -  Shinook

I'll add one lesson learned: If you are over the age of 30, regardless of how much you exercise or how healthy you eat, you need to visit a cardiologist or at least get your cholesterol numbers drawn on a regular basis. They may not find anything and you could be good to go, or it could reveal something you can start changing or working on now to prevent problems in the future. We've accepted pre-screening of colon cancer as a near requirement at certain ages, but cardiology visits are for some reason treated as a reactive measure still. I know too many athletes that think their lifestyle will prevent cardiac issues. If you are genetically inclined towards certain conditions, they won't. Most of the deaths I read about in mountain biking, including some a bit more local to me, were due to cardiac issues. They weren't terribly old and they weren't unfit. My dad nearly died of the same type of heart attack Mark Weir suffered.  I have a going back 3 generations of heart attacks in my family. When my dad had his, his cardiologist told me the advice above. Sure enough, when I went in, they found that over the course of a year or so, my cholesterol numbers were at concerning levels regardless of dietary changes. They put me on statins as a preventative. The dr told me he's had fewer than 5 opportunities in a 20 year career to work on prevention, despite it being one of the top causes of death.  Condolences to all the friends and family of the above, they all seemed like rad people to be around. I obviously don't know Chad's history and I'm not blaming him by any means, but I think it's worth addressing as a culture in an athletic activity and to remind people that being fit isn't always enough.

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