When Wayne Williams was 48, he decided to get proactive about his health.
Four years ago, the Liberty Lake, Wash. man had normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels and ate a healthy diet, but was carrying around an extra 15 pounds.
“I’ve had plenty of friends of mine and people I’ve known that were marathon runners that have died or had a stroke,” he said. “It’s been a tough thing to watch.”
Williams also knew that genetics weren’t on his side since his grandfather had suffered a heart attack when he was in his 60s. Plus, his mother, through a test, found out she had a predisposition to heart disease. She encouraged him to undergo the same screening— a carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) test.