Gandolfini Was ‘Walking Time Bomb,’ Says Top Heart Doctor

Published on June 22, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-06-22 at 9.24.19 AMAlthough Gandolfini may seem young to have suffered a heart attack, this is an all-too-common scenario for men his size, said Dr. Crandall. The actor was reportedly 6-foot-1 and weighed about 275 pounds.

“He was a walking time bomb,” said Dr. Crandall.

“Heart disease generally starts decades before it is diagnosed,” Dr. Crandall said. “The bottom line was that he was an overweight, probably inactive, and he had multiple risk factors.”

Considering the actor’s size, and reports that he was a heavy eater and drinker, Dr. Crandall speculated that “he probably had elevated blood pressure, and may have had metabolic syndrome.”

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