About the time he turned 82 late last year, Albert C. couldn't understand why he was starting to slow down. Walking up his driveway’s incline in Elkins Park, he had to pause halfway up—particularly if he was carrying a package. When he went to New York to enjoy a Broadway musical with his wife Pauline and friends, he couldn’t walk around like he usually did.
Ed D. and his wife, Florence, had recently returned from a five-day Caribbean cruise when the retired truck driver and grandfather momentarily felt a cold sensation arc across his shoulders. Years ago, he had high blood pressure, but that had long been under control, and his cholesterol levels were always good. "I never thought I had a heart condition," says Ed, who turned 74 in June.