Actor Frank Vincent Passes Away Due to Open Heart Surgery Complications

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The critically-acclaimed mob drama star was 80 years old

American actor Frank Vincent passed away yesterday due to complications during an open heart surgery; he had undergone the procedure to address a heart attack he reportedly suffered last week. Best known for his appearances in mob dramas like The Sopranos, Goodfellas, and Casino (as well as his 2006 book, A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man), Vincent was 80 years old. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Our family will never forget the Leotardo legacy.
RIP to an HBO legend, Frank Vincent.

— HBO (@HBO) September 13, 2017

Heart attacks occur when the flow of blood to your heart has been blocked. The resulting symptoms and treatments vary according to a number of different factors, but, in some cases, open heart surgery is necessary to redirect this flow around the blockage. During the procedure, a patient’s heart is temporarily stopped, and their blood is circulated by a heart-lung bypass machine (though newer methods like off-pump coronary artery bypasses do not use this machine) while a new artery is grafted to the blocked passageway so that the blood may travel to the heart.

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However, there are a number of risks associated with open heart surgery, including the possibility of heart attack or stroke, lung or kidney failure, memory loss, infections, and more.

(A solid cardio routine is the key to a healthy heart, and the Men’s Health Get Back in Shape workout program has the exercises you need to not only improve your health, but to burn fat fast, too.)

The suddenness of Vincent’s tragic death underscores a simple fact about heart health: There are countless ways to protect your heart (and here are 30 easy things you can start doing today), but a heart attack is sneaky enough for you to be just days away from one and not know it. If you have a family history of heart disease and haven’t recently visited your general practitioner, set up an appointment to find out more today.

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