Cardiovascular Risk Factors / Health

Mob boss Gandolfini’s death highlights need for cardiac risk awareness

Mob boss Gandolfini’s death highlights need for cardiac risk awarenessThe untimely death of James Gandolfini, star of the hit show ‘The Sopranos,’ illustrates some important health factors.  Currently being reported as a suspected heart attack, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor was “known to have a prodigious appetite for eating and drinking”, and his passing highlights the need for cardiac risk awareness among us all.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the US, with over 700,000 Americans suffering a heart attack a year.  Nearly 50,000 people in the UK died as a result of a stroke in 2010.

Some early warning signs of heart attacks can include:

  • Exhaustion or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the lower extremities
  • Fast heart rate
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Unexplained insomnia
  • Erectile dysfunction

Warning signs of an imminent heart attack include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Arm/back/shoulder/neck/stomach/jaw/ear pain

Reference: www.bhf.org.uk, www.variety.com, www.forbes.com and www.cdc.gov

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The Randox Cardiac Array utilises routine and novel early markers to give a picture of a person’s cardiac risk status.  It can be used to determine the diagnosis of a myocardial infarction and assess the risk of a future cardiac event.

The Randox Lp(a) assay is an independent genetic marker correlating with increased risk of atherosclerotic disorders including myocardial infarction and cerebral infraction.  The European Atherosclerosis Society has recommended its widespread use as a screening tool in those who are at risk of CVD.

 

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