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Tim Russert: Death due to Sudden Coronary Thrombosis, Age 58


Everyone was shocked and saddened to learn of Tim Russert's untimely demise on Friday, June 13, 2008. NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and moderator of the popular Meet the Press died of a sudden coronary thrombosis. Russert's doctors reported the left descending coronary artery was blocked with cholesterol plaque and ruptured. His doctors report that he had asymptomatic coronary artery disease, well controlled with diet, medication and exercise and that his cholesterol levels and blood pressure were under control.

Heart disease remains the number 1 killer of men and women in the USA. Perhaps we might want to take heed of the Japanese metabo program, reported in the New York Times June 13, 2008. A national law went into effect two months ago, requiring that companies and local governments measure the waists of all people between the ages of 40 and 74 years. Males are required to have a waist measurement of 33.5 inches and women 35.5 inches. The US equivalent (accounting for different body types) would be 40 inches for men and 34.6 inches for women. In Japan, offenders will be monitored and provided education.

It is really sad to lose such a talented man and dedicated father and husband at such a young age. Baby boomers - it's time to measure your waistline and talk to your doctor about the condition of your coronary arteries. Maybe it's time for a cardiac cath test to see if the blood supply to your heart is what it should be. Our condolences to Mr. Russert's family and friends at NBC and around the world.
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