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Now on our top stories this morning The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini life cut short from a heart attack apparently.
It just 51 years old so why some young and what -- other men and women frankly learn from this tragedy.
Joining us now doctor Marc Siegel of the Fox News medical eighteen our doctor -- so am I correct in saying that heart disease heart attacks killed men and women is that the.
Ron -- for both absolutely the 700000.
The year by far the number one killer in the United States.
Men more than women are affected by heart disease.
That age is a little young for your first heart attack but we don't know what some of his other risk factors are one is obvious that he -- too much.
In activity is a huge problem Gretchen 35% of the heart.
The tax leading to death in this country are duty in activity and I really want to highlight that this morning there's only 22% of Americans exercise regularly.
You can actually prevent this by doing things in advance now if you knew you have a risk factor for heart disease.
What is your cholesterol.
What is your blood pressure what is your family history if you're a smoker you gotta stop smoking now you're watching this program stop smoking get up and exercise and lose weight.
Stress is a factor in terms of high blood pressure cholesterol it seemed seems to us that he was under a lot of stress -- he was quoted as saying.
That acting helped him to channel his anger and reduce stress that something else you have to do something in your life that you really enjoy.
I mean a lot of people say well look he was on vacation in Italy may -- he was relaxing for the first time in in some time and it seems that it happened quickly.
The reports are that he came back from dinner he went into the bathroom they didn't hear from him and then went inside and found him unconscious.
Is that the way in which people usually have heart attacks can they save you up feeling like I'm having a heart attack or -- just.
It's a great thing to highlight and you know what it has something to do with -- again we don't know all the facts here but usually it -- something to do with not knowing.
You may have a plaque in your coronary artery.
And then all of a sudden that plaque ruptures or you get a blood clot in there this is how it happens and then you get what's called an arrhythmia we heart starts to beat irregularly.
And then you get sudden death that's how -- happens now if you knew Liu had heart disease and you're taking aspirin that you were taking drugs to lower your cholesterol.
That decreases the risk of what I just described happening.
Dramatically but he he may not have known that -- same thing with Tim Russert you know Tim Russert was on a treadmill.
And the next thing you know we had a heart attack that can happen.
So this is a wake up call for people out there that may be at risk -- men middle aged man if a bit if you're overweight if you don't know get checked by your physician.
What are some of your underlying cause problems that we can -- Blood pressure cholesterol in activity.
Obesity smoking huge huge problems right now cigar smoking by the way we don't know how much he actually smoke cigars.
Cigar smoking is a risk -- could people inhale their cigars.
We have seen pictures of that but we don't know if that was simply acting -- real life -- doctor doctor -- great to see you can assist us there.
Thanks -- of.
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