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Sudden cardiac arrest: It took the great Tom Petty from us; don’t let it take you too

Sudden cardiac arrest: It took the great Tom Petty from us; don't let it take you too

  • TAMPA, Fla. – When Florida’s own Tom Petty suffered sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday, Tampa’s Larry Warshaw took the rock star’s death personally.
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  • Sudden cardiac arrest is a complete stop of the heart.
  • “A heart attack can be like a volcanic eruption,” says Khamare, a Petty fan who found out about the Florida native’s death while making rounds at the hospital.
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Sudden cardiac arrest, the lethal condition that killed rock star Tom Petty, is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. The ultimate heart attack, cardiac arrest can be the result of lots of…

TAMPA, Fla. – When Florida’s own Tom Petty suffered sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday, Tampa’s Larry Warshaw took the rock star’s death personally. Yes, he’s a fan, but Larry also has high blood pressure and heart disease in his family.”It really hit home,” says Warshaw, who gets heart check-ups and treatment at the Premier Heart and Vascular Center in Carrollwood, led by Dr. Chetan Khamare. “It shakes you up a little bit.”

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Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest is a complete stop of the heart. (Heart attacks, on the other hand, can be major or minor.) Causes are many, from genetics to obesity and smoking. It can strike any age, any gender. Petty was an altogether healthy 66 years old; he just finished a long tour. But he was also a smoker who lived a wild life.

“A heart attack can be like a volcanic eruption,” says Khamare, a Petty fan who found out about the Florida native’s death while making rounds at the hospital. “You could drive by a volcano one day, and it’s dormant. But the next day, it erupts.”

Prevention is key, leading a heart-smart lifestyle: “Eat a healthy diet, low fat, keep your weight down, exercise, stressors.”

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Sudden cardiac arrest: It took the great Tom Petty from us; don’t let it take you too