Celebrity files were gleaned for those who had suffered a fatal or non fatal myocardial infarction. Of the files studied, 100 per cent showed an arrhythmic etiology or co-variable in the etiology of myocardial infarction, or MI. This now makes it clear that MI is actually a disease of rhythm just as we have discerned that phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus and even cerebral stroke are all diseases that have arrhythmia as the ultimate causative factor. In cases where there are no heart symptoms or syncope, it appears that the dysrhythmia only happens peripherally and not in the heart proper. In the leg, for example, the resultant lack of contractility in the vessel or vein will cause the blood to pool in the area leading to the formation of a clot which causes blockage of blood flow in the area. Therefore there appears to be two mechanisms whereby the heart is involved in thrombosis of vessels. One involves the decrease in oxygen being carried to an area, which as we discovered is a stimulus for clot formation. Secondly, the vessel in isolation from the heart can have a dysrhythmic episode causing it to not contract to keep the blood flowing as it should in normal circumstances. Plaques in vessels may have an effect on the contractility of the vessel and therefore contribute to the tendency for clots in that location, much as the plaques in the coronary arteries may contribute to clots in that location. However, it is the effect on the rhythm in the heart and vessels that is the ultimate cause of the problem with myocardial infarction and other embolic or thrombotic disorders. Therefore, treating only the plaque in the coronary arteries is not adequate to address the root cause of the problem. This research discovery should therefore increase the importance of the cardiac electrophysiologist in the treatment and prevention of MI and other vascular disorders.
Here is a list of famous persons who have had Myocardial Infarction with the associated cardiac arrhythmia. As you will note, there are cases that have all three types of arrhythmia. Mixed types can occur not too infrequently and can present a diagnostic and treatment challenge to the physician caring for the patient.
- James Gandolfini: noted actor died of myocardial infarction. He is one case who displayed all three types of cardiac arrhythmia…..Brugada Syndrome, Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome and also Long QT Syndrome.
- Luther Vandross: famous R&B singer died of myocardial infarction complicated by diabetes…Brugada Syndrome.
- Alan Thicke: famous night show host and father of Robyn Thicke…..Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome
- Orson Welles: famous actor, writer, producer died of myocardial infarction secondary to Long QT Syndrome.
- John Candy: famous actor, suffered MI secondary to Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome.
- Michael Clarke Duncan: famous actor – Brugada Syndrome
- Jerry Garcia famous musician, singer….. Brugada Syndrome.
- Mao Tse-tung Chinese leader mixed, Wolfe Parkinson White, Long QT and Brugada Syndromes.
- Louis Armstrong: Jazz Musician mixed, Long QT and Brugada Syndromes
- Boris Yeltsin Russian leader Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome
- John Ritter: Actor Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome