Lump of Gruel Killed Whitney Houston

No I'm not kidding really.

Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" were contributing factors in her death, the Los Angeles County Coroner said in an initial autopsy report released Thursday.
Looking up, atherosclerotic heart disease its not nearly exciting as the walking pharmacy part.
Atherosclerosis (also known as arteriosclerotic vascular disease or ASVD) is a condition in which an artery wall thickens as a result of the accumulation of fatty materials such as cholesterol. It is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels, a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries...

The atheromatous plaque is divided into three distinct components:

The atheroma ("lump of gruel," from ἀθήρα, athera, gruel in Greek), which is the nodular accumulation of a soft, flaky, yellowish material at the center of large plaques, composed of macrophages nearest the lumen of the artery.

Underlying areas of cholesterol crystals.

Calcification at the outer base of older/more advanced lesions.

What happens is one of these lumps of gruel breaks off nad causes heart attack or stroke. The blockage can also occur on other areas of the body where there are large arteries.That's the speculated "event" that occurred before she went under water. They reported more water in her lungs than earlier reports which were said to be not enough to cause drowning.

Its likely that unless this condition was found she would have had problems with it eventually. Cocaine is known to increase blood pressure and heart rate. But eventually some other event probably would have triggered an attack.

These complications of advanced atherosclerosis are chronic, slowly progressive and cumulative. Most commonly, soft plaque suddenly ruptures (see vulnerable plaque), causing the formation of a thrombus that will rapidly slow or stop blood flow, leading to death of the tissues fed by the artery in approximately 5 minutes. This catastrophic event is called an infarction. One of the most common recognized scenarios is called coronary thrombosis of a coronary artery, causing myocardial infarction (a heart attack). The same process in an artery to the brain is commonly called stroke. Another common scenario in very advanced disease is claudication from insufficient blood supply to the legs, typically caused by a combination of both stenosis and aneurysmal segments narrowed with clots.

Atherosclerosis affects the entire artery tree, but mostly larger, high-pressure vessels such as the coronary, renal, femoral, cerebral, and carotid arteries. These are termed "clinically silent" because the person having the infarction does not notice the problem and does not seek medical help, or when they do, physicians do not recognize what has happened.

So there you have it folks. Live fast, love hard, die young. Its true.

Posted by: Howie at 07:18 PM

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