Renowned musician Roy Orbison has died of heart disease that affects millions of Britons.
The Texas star sang hits like Only The Lonely, California Blue and End Of The Line. Characteristically dressed in black and dark shades, Roy was one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. However, in December 1988, Caruso Roca (as he was nicknamed) died at the age of 52.
According to The New York Times, the American artist died of a heart attack while visiting his elderly mother.
Delivered by ambulance to a Hendersonville hospital on December 6, 1988, Roy could not recover and died shortly before midnight.
Nine years earlier, Big O—another nickname for its operatic sound—had undergone open-heart surgery in 1979.
To be precise, Roy underwent triple bypass surgery, which cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Lander confirmed is “the most common type of heart surgery in adults.”
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This procedure, also known as coronary artery bypass grafting, involves using three blood vessels in other parts of the body to bypass damaged vessels leading to the heart.
The blood vessels that are used for the graft can be taken from the leg, inside the chest, or the arm.
Such an operation is performed to improve blood flow to the heart muscle, which was limited due to coronary heart disease.
Coronary artery disease occurs when fatty material builds up in the arteries, thereby restricting blood flow.
Although triple bypass surgery solves the current problem, it does not prevent plaque buildup in the arteries in the future.
Factors that contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries include:
- High fat diet
- High blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- Age increase.
Dr. Lander confirmed that “significant lifestyle changes” are needed after the operation to prevent further complications.
- A healthy diet, including a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in saturated and trans fats.
- To give up smoking
- Healthy lifestyle
- Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
- Control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
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Throughout his life, Roy has experienced many family tragedies that could lead to increased levels of stress.
In 1966, before open-heart surgery, childhood sweetheart and wife Claudette died in a car accident.
Then, two years later, while Roy was on tour, two of their children died in a fire.
Roy was survived by three children, two of whom were with his second wife Barbara, and Roy’s personal suffering was over.
Heart attack symptoms:
- Chest pain is a feeling of pressure, heaviness, tightness, or squeezing in the chest.
- Pain in other parts of the body – may feel as if the pain radiates from the chest to the arms (usually the left arm, but may affect both arms), jaw, neck, back, and abdomen.
- Feeling light or dizzy
- Feeling nauseous (nausea) or feeling unwell (vomiting)
- An overwhelming feeling of anxiety (similar to a panic attack)
- Cough or wheezing.
Any signs of a heart attack should be reported to emergency services.
While waiting for an ambulance, if there is aspirin nearby (and you don’t have an allergy), the NHS recommends that you chew and swallow the pill slowly.
Watch Roy Orbison on the BBC on Saturday 4 February at 8:50 pm on BBC Two.
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