OK, the odds of not dying are definitely against you. Right now, they're 0%. But that kind of pragmatic thinking isn't going to help you overcome the shackles of death, now is it? This is a world with vaccines, nano machines, and maybe even imminent technological singularity. Google futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks immortality is right around the corner, and it's too soon to say he's wrong.
In the meantime, why not keep your mortal coil as shiny and springy as possible? Dr. Nicole Weinberg, a cardiologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Dr. Victoria Shin, a cardiologist at Torrance Memorial Physician Network, weigh in on how to do just that.
Learn about your family history
Genetics can predispose you to certain diseases, Dr. Weinberg says. So sit down with grandma and go over the more morbid details of the family tree. You may find, for example, that three family members had sudden death before age 50, which may have been described within the family as a heart attack. "But if you scratch the surface, you may find that these people had a valve disease," Dr. Weinberg says. "Maybe it's a family history of aortic dissection, and that's something we need to monitor quite closely."