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46-year-old David Pemberton has no problem keeping up with his two young children--practicing soccer with his daughter or playing catch with his son. "I feel vibrant."

But a few years ago, that wasn't the case.

Pemberton traveled extensively for work. He was always on the go. His diet and workout routine suffered. The stress became all too apparent. "My eyes would twitch, my stomach would gurgle, I would have a little chest pain...It became obvious that I needed to make a change - it scared me."

Pemberton's father died of a massive heart attack at the age of 41. His brother also died of a heart attack at just 36. "Neither one really took good care of themselves."

Given his family history, he has been seeing preventive cardiologist Dr. Laurence Sperling at Emory University in Atlanta for the past decade.  "We know that individuals with increased risk for heart disease, if we are proactively preventive through sometimes lifestyle & behavioral changes, a better diet, exercise & being attune to their risk, we can make a significant difference in the ultimate outcome of our patients."

These days, Pemberton makes time to exercise regularly and follows a healthy diet. He also takes a statin, aspirin and fish oil daily. "I want to live a life with my wife, I want to live a life with my children, I want to be present."
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