Burt Reynolds Dies At 82

The legendary actor passed away after going into cardiac arrest at home.

Burt Reynolds was best known for his easy-going charm, handsome looks, and prominent roles in films such as Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard, and Boogie Nights – which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Throughout his career, he also received a Golden Globe and a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, what wasn’t as well known about Reynolds' life were his various health problems, including an addiction to painkillers, major back surgery, and a quintuple heart bypass. He battled health scares and maintained his status on the screen and other ventures. In an interview with CNN, Reynolds stated, “I worked as an actor for 60 years, I must have something I can give.” He made an acting resurgence in recent years, appearing in numerous films and TV shows.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The CDC reports that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. annually which amounts to one in every four deaths. A heart attack occurs when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow and worsens over time, so it’s crucial to know the warning signs and symptoms before it’s too late. About 47 percent of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside the hospital, suggesting that people with heart disease don’t act on early warning signs. The major warning signs include chest pain or discomfort, upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and/or cold sweats. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. Diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use can also increase your risk. Listen to your body and be proactive to protect your health.

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For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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