Alan Thicke, who played the loving and comical father in Growing Pains, died abruptly on December 13 at the age of 69 even though playing ice hockey with his son Carter, who is 19 years old. Though no autopsy was performed, the result in of death listed on his death certificate was a ruptured aorta, which is the identical situation that killed well-liked actor John Ritter in 2003, according to USA Right now.
Thicke created an aortic tear three hours just before his aorta ruptured. The aorta is the principal artery that carries blood from the heart to other components of the physique, so a large rupture nearly constantly outcomes in huge hemorrhage that leads to death rapidly. Small tears can be treated far more effectively if caught in time.
Thicke was common in both Canada and the United States for his charm, wit, and humor in his acting roles, and he had reportedly been in good well being prior to the aortic rupture that killed him just as he hit retirement age.
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While an aortic tear is not as common as a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cerebrovascular accident (stroke), which are each leading causes of sudden death in guys, it is not as uncommon as men and women may possibly believe, and there are many danger aspects and warning signs that individuals should be conscious of.
According to Medline Plus, an aortic rupture occurs since of an aortic dissection, which signifies a portion of the blood vessel becomes weakened and splits open. This can be a tiny or huge split, and size determines the severity of symptoms and the prognosis. Individuals can and do survive aortic dissections, but typically not if they are big. When the aorta tears, the massive bleeding causes a sudden drop in blood pressure as blood fills up the thoracic cavity, which causes ischemia, or lack of oxygenation, to crucial organs such as the brain. Without quick intervention, death quickly occurs.
There are many danger variables for an aortic tear, and they are some of the identical that are frequent for a heart attack. This includes plaque in the arteries, hypertension (higher blood stress) and actual malformations of the heart that may be present from birth. Chest trauma can also lead to aortic rupture, such as would happen with a heavy effect into a steering wheel for the duration of a motor car accident. As far as has been reported, Thicke suffered no traumatic injury prior to his death.
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In most cases that are not brought on by traumatic injury, symptoms can begin in a much more gradual manner, leaving numerous individuals to believe they are possessing a heart attack due to the fact they have chest discomfort. Chest discomfort ought to constantly be regarded as a healthcare emergency and investigated by a doctor. Discomfort can be described as sharp, stabbing, or tearing and may possibly be especially sharp underneath the clavicle. Individuals may possibly experience weakness, fainting, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, or blood coming from the mouth. Serious back discomfort is not uncommon.
Much less than half of men and women survive an aortic rupture, despite the fact that it can be survived with proper therapy such as open heart surgery if the condition is diagnosed and treated in time and other life-threatening conditions (such as lack of oxygen to the brain) have not developed.
According to Health-related Xpress, roughly 40,000 to 50,000 die in the United States every single year because of aortic rupture, though some physicians think that quantity may possibly be higher simply because numerous cases are not appropriately diagnosed, especially if they occurred as part of a a number of trauma such as a fall or motor car accident, in which a number of organs could have been broken.
Despite the fact that Thicke, Ritter, and numerous others died due to aortic rupture, the condition can be treated if caught in time, but speed is of the essence.[Featured Image by Mark Mainz/Getty Pictures]