Debbie Landis: Awareness of the new normal for hypertension could save lives – Opinion – The State Journal-Register


My late husband, Tim, had annual physicals, hiked mountains and flatlands, ran and walked two to three miles each day after work, rode his bicycle 20 miles or more on weekends, watched his weight, avoided foods high in salt and fat, didn’t smoke, drank very little alcohol, and ate fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tim, who was business editor of The State Journal-Register, didn’t seem like a man who, at age 66, would die from a massive heart attack.

But on Jan. 2, Tim died of “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” said an autopsy performed by the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office because of the unexpected and sudden nature of Tim’s death.

The culprits behind the coronary artery disease and heart attack that claimed his life: years of untreated hypertension, according to autopsy findings.

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