The director of Calgary’s Heart Fit Clinic is hoping some good will come from the recent deaths of celebrities Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke — awareness of the prevalence of heart disease.
It remains one of the leading causes of death in Canada, says Diamond Fernandes.
Fisher died Dec. 27 in a Los Angeles hospital, days after suffering a reported cardiac episode during a flight from London to L.A.
Michael was found dead in his home in England on Dec. 25, reportedly from heart failure and Thicke died Dec. 13 after reportedly suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son.
The signs of a heart attack can be different for men and women, says Fernandes.
“Sometimes [in women] it’s extensive jaw pain or neck pain or indigestion or a fatigue feeling,” he said. “It’s very different but it’s an intense feeling.”