Gordon Waller, of Peter and Gordon dies at age 64

Gordon Waller, of the 60’s pop duo, Peter and Gordon, died Thursday of cardiac arrest. Waller, with partner Peter Asher were known for their hits which included No.1 song, “A World without Love,” a song written by Paul McCartney, who was dating Asher’s sister Jane at the time. Other hits included, “I Go to Pieces” and “Lady Godiva.”

It is unknown what specific cause lead to Waller’s cardiac arrest, although statistically, the most likely culprit would be a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the blood vessels which supply oxygen to the heart muscles (known as the coronary arteries) become blocked with plaque (a mass of fat, cholesterol and other blood components). If the blood supply is not reestablished quickly, that area of heart muscle dies. The larger the artery involved, the bigger the area of heart muscle damage. Before an artery become completely blocked, there may be warning signs in the form of occasional chest pain, known as angina. Angina may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The painalso may occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Symptoms suggestive of angina must be evaluated by a physician.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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