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Celebrities With Heart Disease

Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi
Hence, it shouldn't come as a surprise that even celebrities are affected by it. As a fan you might know a lot of things about your favorite A-lister, but do you have any clue about their health?

Here we enlist the names of Hollywood personalities affected by heart conditions.
Regular people like 'us' often expect celebrities to be in better shape. After all, their huge paychecks mean unlimited access to the best of foods, gyms, trainers, and healthcare facilities. Although all of this might be true, we shouldn't forget that celebs are regular people, and aren't invincible.
This might sound a bit sadistic but when a celebrity suffers from an ailment, something good does come out of it. For e.g.: When David Letterman went for a quintuple-bypass surgery, after an angiogram revealed blockages in his heart, the information automatically became huge, and almost every news channel showed doctors explaining what the condition is.
End Result - Letterman advocates the importance of regular health checkups, and how a balanced diet and exercise can help avoid heart problems.

Below is a list of celebrities that have come out in the open, and have shared their experiences about living with a heart condition.
BornNovember 23, 1992
Heart Disease : TACHYCARDIA
The daughter of Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, Miley first shot to fame with Disney's Hannah Montana, and since then has become one of the most popular Hollywood starlets of all time.
The first time Miley spoke about living with tachycardia (a condition that causes the heart to beat faster, leading to complications, including the risk of heart attacks) was in her 2009 autobiography, 'Miles to Go'.
She depicts her thoughts about the condition, how it is always there in the back of her mind, and how she always tries to look at the better side of things.
Born : August 25, 1931
Known as the most hard-working man in show business, Regis Philbin began his broadcasting career in the late 1950s, but real success came when he began co-hosting 'The Morning Show' in 1983. Five years later, the show was renamed 'Live with Regis and Kathie Lee'.
Heart problems started bothering Philbin first in 1993 when he underwent an angioplasty to repair a narrowed artery in his heart. Bad news came again in 2007, when he tearfully announced that he had been experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, and his physicians recommended a triple bypass.
His surgery was successful and he resumed his hosting duties after a two-month break.
Born : November 19, 1933
Heart Disease : HEART ATTACK
Larry King's father passed away from a heart attack when he was 43. King himself suffered an attack at the age of 53, and underwent quintuple-bypass heart surgery soon after. The CNN talk show host later revealed that the heart attack was caused by his regular smoking, poor diet, and high levels of stress due to his busy work schedule.
Although he started living the straight edge life after his surgery, King again went for an angioplasty for one of his blood vessels. In 2010, he had again undergone surgery to place stents in his coronary artery to remove the plaque from his heart.


BornApril 12, 1947
America's favorite late-night host, Letterman's father passed away from a heart attack at 57. Letterman himself went for an angiogram at 51, which showed a blocked artery. He immediately shifted to a healthier lifestyle.
However, the condition worsened, and he went for a quintuple-bypass heart surgery performed by the same surgeon who operated on Larry King. After five weeks of recovery, he resumed his duties and the first guests included the team of doctors and nurses who performed the surgery and took care of him.


BornSeptember 25, 1929
Contrary to popular belief, heart diseases not only target men, but also a significant amount of women. A legendary TV personality and the co-host of 'The View', Barbara Walters was advised heart valve surgery to replace a faulty valve.
She took some time to recuperate, and soon returned to co-host 'The View'.

Known to be an extremely private person, Walters first shared her experiences in a 2011 ABC Special - 'A Matter of Life and Death'.


BornFebruary 11, 1936
This Hollywood icon started his career by appearing in various off-Broadway plays and since then has starred in countless TV shows and movies.
He graced the cover of many tabloids in 2009 for his time in rehab to get over painkiller addiction, and his health gradually deteriorated.

A year later he started experiencing frequent chest pain, and doctors insisted on a quintuple-bypass heart which helped saved his life.


BornOctober 7, 1967
Heart Disease : PERICARDITIS
One of the most respected and popular R&B artists, Toni Braxton has sold over 66 million records, received 6 Grammy Awards, 7 American Music Awards, and 9 Billboards Music Awards. Braxton first started facing heart issues when she passed out on stage during the production of her Broadway show 'Aida'.
She was rushed to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with pericarditis (inflammation of the covering around the heart).

Braxton took almost a year to recover, and today follows a balanced diet and exercise to keep her heart healthy.


BornSeptember 3, 1986
Age and an unhealthy lifestyle aren't the only two contributors of heart diseases. However, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White aka the 'Flying Tomato' has been battling a severe heart condition since he was two.
White was born with a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of fallot, in which the heart has four abnormalities - ventricular septal defect, pulmonary stenosis, right ventricular hypertrophy, and overriding aorta.

Two open-heart operations were conducted before Shaun's second birthday to correct the condition.
Former President Bill Clinton, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys), Bret Michaels, Kelsey Grammer, Rosie O'Donnell, Alex Trebek, and John Candy, are some other famous people who have dealt with heart diseases and often discussed their issues on national television, thereby spreading awareness to the general public.