Dr. Larry Scherwitz explains if one high-fat meal can kill a woman with heart disease.
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If a woman has heart disease, one high-fat meal can kill her. Before we knew that heart disease was causing people to die suddenly, this was in 1912 that Herrick discovered this, when people died suddenly they called it acute indigestion and the reason they called it acute indigestion is that often when they did autopsies of people who died suddenly they would find their gut full of high-fat meal. So, it can sludge the arteries, it can cause basal constriction and it can cause clotting. So one high-fat meal has been known to kill a heart patient who has already has compromised circulation.