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Alan Thicke's Death: Were Warning Signs Missed?

Alan Thicke's Death: Were Warning Signs Missed?

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:40 AM

Alan Thicke’s death from a massive heart attack is an all-too-common scenario, with cardiovascular disease the nation's leading cause of death. But often there are subtle warning signs that can indicate the need for medical attention, a top doctor says.

“Heart disease is the great deceiver. Too often, a fatal heart attack occurs suddenly in people who appear to be very healthy, but actually have underlying heart disease, which could have been prevented had they only sought medical attention,” renowned cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall tells Newsmax Health.

The 69-year-old actor suffered a heart attack and died on Tuesday. He was stricken while playing hockey with his son.

According to news reports, Thicke suddenly started vomiting and turned ashen, but was conscious and joking while he was loaded into an ambulance and rushed to a hospital.

“Vomiting indicates that a heart attack is massive,” says Crandall, chief of the cardiac transplant program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Although such heart attacks appear to come on suddenly, there are often small warning signs that may occur up to a month before, Crandall says.

A medical study released this year that analyzed 839 sudden cardiac arrests found that in 430 cases (51 percent), patients exhibited warning signs in the four weeks before the arrest.

The missed symptoms included chest pain, shortness of breath, light-headedness and heart palpitations — classic signs of an impending or actual heart attack.

“Of course we don’t know if Alan Thicke had any of these warning signs, but if he had, and had sought medical attention, it’s possible he would have been alive today,” notes Crandall.

“I have found very few patients who are under treatment suffer sudden heart attacks."

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Although Alan Thicke appeared very healthy, he died of a sudden fatal heart attack Tuesday that seemed to come without warning. But a top doc explains that heart disease often causes signs and symptoms that can be a tip off.
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