ALBANY, N.Y. – James Galdolfini's death at 51 after suffering cardiac arrest has led to questions of whether there could have been early warning signs that his heart was in trouble.
Dr. Joseph Sacco, a cardiologist and a member of the Capital Region advisory board of the American Heart Association, says many times, a person's first sign of heart trouble is their last. He says this is likely what happened to Gandolfini.
Dr. Sacco says don't be fooled by the fact that Gandolfini was a middle aged man with a few extra pounds on him. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, young, old, fit or overweight.
With heart attack being the number one killer of adults in the United States, Dr. Sacco says everyone should take cardiac health to heart.
Although Gandolfini was a white male, the groups on the rise for risk of heart disease, heart attack, and cardiac arrest are women and African Americans.
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