You may think you're doing all you can to keep heart attacks at bay by having your cholesterol checked, but researchers say there's another trigger you may be ignoring: inflammation of the heart. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reports that a simple test can predict your chance of having a heart attack and is even more important than checking your cholesterol.
73 year-old Shirley Taylor recently had a heart attack. She says the test is good news, if it can protect people from going through what she's been through. "I was one of those who was going to live forever, and not get like that, but gradually we all get there," Taylor says. Wednesday afternoon her heart told her she had gotten there, when out of the blue, an intense pain shot through her back. "All of a sudden, the sweat just poured off me, that was the unusual," she says. Taylor had a heart attack. She says, "I was healthy, getting older of course, I didn't have any problems." But Taylor did have problems, she just wasn't aware of them. Her heart attack was caused by cholesterol blockage. Bypass surgery saved her life.