One of America's most beloved TV mobsters, Sopranos star James Gandolfini, died of an apparent heart attack in Italy Wednesday. He was 51 years old. He was in Italy to accept an award at a film festival.
Gandolfini won 3 Emmys for his role as Tony Soprano over the series' 8 years. He leaves behind a wife and a 9-month old daughter, along with a son from a previous marriage.
His death made headlines, and WFMY News 2 invited Ruth Heyd and Sarah Fedele with the American Heart Association to discuss heart health.
Heyd said a lot of the time, heart health is out of sight, out of mind until it affects a family member or a celebrity.
There are warning signs you should look for when it comes down to your heart health. Heart discomfort is most common. It includes pressure and pain in the center of the chest. If that pressure stays there for a moment, or comes and goes, that's a sign that you would want to call 911. Shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and profuse sweating can also be signs leading to a heart attack.
The American Heart Association says heart disease is 80% preventable. Its 7 steps to a healthy heart include getting active, eating better, losing weight, control your cholesterol, managing your blood pressure, reducing your blood sugar and to quit smoking.
WFMY News 2