Eighties film icon, writer/director John Hughes died today of a heart attack. He was 59 years old. Hughes was the director of such hits as the “Home Alone” franchise, “The Breakfast Club”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” and “Uncle Buck.” Hughes was in Manhattan visiting relatives when he suffered at heart attack during a morning walk. It was reported that Hughes had become somewhat reclusive in his last few years, so it is unknown what his health was like prior to today.
A heart attack is the common way of saying that a person suffered a myocardial infarction. This means that the blood supply to the heart muscle (myocardium) became blocked, depriving the heart muscle of oxygen. The muscle dies and the heart stops functioning normally. The heart’s blood supply comes from three major blood vessels, called the coronary arteries, which can become blocked by build-up of cholesterol called a plaque. If one of the smaller tributaries of these blood vessels become totally obstructed, a small area of heart muscle is affected, but with immediate medical attention, this is quite survivable. Total blockage of larger coronary arteries may cause enough damage to cause sudden death.
Signs of a heart attack include:
If you think you, or someone you are with, is having a heart attack, call 911. This is a medical emergency!
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