Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin dead of heart disease

So many people dying lately of heart disease and celebrities are no different. Tim Russert, political newsman died not long ago of a heart attack and yesterday, 71-year-old George Carlin died. Apparently, he had had heart disease for a while, so it's not the surprise that Russert's death was, but it still seems to be a shock to Carlin's fans.

Heart disease is not always preventable, but it is often manageable. So many of the risk factors for heart disease are self-induced lifestyle choices like smoking, eating unhealthy diets, and not exercising enough. And yet, for some reason, that message is just not getting across. Is it because heart disease is something that happens to "someone else?" I don't know, I see family members of people with heart disease living dangerously. I even see healthcare professionals that care for people with heart disease living dangerously. What gives?

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DKT said...

I know what you mean! While we are told of the risks and what we should be doing... we're also bombarded with powerful marketing messages EVERYWHERE to consume high fat, high sugar, highly processed foods - many purporting to be "healthy" or "organic" - that persuade us to make unhealthy choices. Combine that with the Internet, TV, online games, etc. etc., most people don't think they have the time to get enough exercise.

It's all about priorities and choices... and people, generally speaking, are not making good choices.

We (my wife and I) started to give those living with heart disease the information and resources they need to make some good lifestyle choices. But the site can be (and should be) used by anyone to get come good tips and information on heart-healthy choices.

Jeffrey Dach MD said...

Tim Russert and George Carlin

Two beloved American celebrities have succumbed to heart disease before their time. The national response has been disappointment in a medical system that could allow this to happen. What could have been done differently to save the lives of both Tim and George, to avoid this fatal outcome?

To read more...Saving Tim Russert and George Carlin by Jeffrey Dach MD

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