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The causes of the death of actor Ray Liotta, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 67 on May 26, 2022, have been disclosed. The star died of pulmonary edema and acute heart failure caused by atherosclerosis (commonly called arteriosclerosis). The American magazine reports it exclusively tmz extensionwhich obtained the official documents from the officials of the Dominican Republic.
In fact, the Hollywood star was in that country at the time of his death. He was there for work reasons: he was shooting the film Dangerous waters.
When news of his disappearance was broken, a source close to him had told tmz extension that Liotta had died in his sleep.
In these hours it is always the same US magazine that reports details relating to the causes.
The cause of death is complications of atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is characterized by the slow buildup of plaque in the arteries and its complications include pulmonary edema and acute heart failure.
These heart and respiratory system problems would therefore be the ones that led to the tragic death of the actor.
According to documents obtained from tmz extensionthe American star’s manner of death has been classified as natural and non-violent.
According to the US National Institutes of Health, about half of Americans between the ages of 45 and 84 have atherosclerosis and are unaware of it because the disease develops slowly and the onset of symptoms is often delayed until the conditions do not become serious. Sometimes we realize this disease when it’s too late, as happened to Ray Liotta.
Atherosclerosis is a silent killer (but can be cured if caught early)
“One of the most common symptoms of atherosclerosis is excruciating and extremely painful muscle cramps in the hips and legs when walking,” reads the New York Post in reference to the news of the causes of the actor’s death. “Atherosclerosis can be cured if caught early. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthier, and exercising more are often the first steps doctors suggest. There are also some medications that can help treat the disease, such as blood thinners and statins, which help lower cholesterol. In the event of a severe buildup, a catheter can also be inserted into a blood vessel, thus reopening the pathway to the heart,” adds the NYP extension.
Patients over the age of 45 who are diagnosed with high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol are considered by medical experts to be at increased risk of developing atherosclerosis. Genetics also plays an important role and can lead to the development of the disease despite the fact that the patient has no obvious risk factors.