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Andy Griffith’s Battle with Heart Disease

July 16, 2012

Legendary actor, comedian, and singer Andy Griffith passed away at about 7:00 a.m. on the 3rd of July, 2012 in his home in Roanoke, North Carolina. Besides leaving behind a sparkling acting and musical legacy, he will continue to serve as a source of inspiration for people who are battling heart disease. Despite having suffered a heart attack and undergone a quadruple bypass, Griffith managed to live until the ripe age of 86.

andy griffith heart diseaseDr. Chauncey Crandall, who is the chief of the cardiac transplant department in Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Florida, said that Andy Griffith was the proof that people with heart disease can live a long life. The renowned cardiologist saw the famous actor perform in a play called “The Lost Colony” in Roanoke when he was a youngster. Griffith continued to reside on the island, and it was there that he passed away peacefully on the morning of the 3rd of July.

In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of a heart attack. However, he managed to recover, and he spent many wonderful years enjoying a simple North Carolina life with his beloved wife, Cindi. He was suffering from other health problems even before the heart attack, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Griffith’s death will not overshadow the rich and illustrious life that he was able to live despite his heart disease. By living beyond the ordinary lifespan, he proved that heart disease does not have to be a killer disease. With the right intervention, heart disease patients can lead a long and healthy life.

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