Billy Mays Redux

29 Jun

The autopsy is complete and there are no signs of head trauma, which means it was likely a cardiac event though other things need to be ruled out. Stay tuned.


3 responses to “Billy Mays Redux

  1. Jonathan E. Quist

    June 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

    It’s premature to advance this theory, but is there a general timeline that would apply to a cardiac event triggered by an emotional trauma? (E.g., an unexpectedly rough aircraft landing, or the loss of a loved one.)


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      June 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

      Yes. Stress causes an increase flow of adrenalin and this is turn does a handful of bad things–raises the blood pressure and heart rate which increases the need for oxygen by the heart muscle, causes the coronary arteries to spasm–squeeze down–which reduces blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart muscle, and increases the risk of a a dangerous cardiac arrhythmia. SO stress can cause a sudden death with or without a true heart attack. Chronic stress does all sorts of wonderful things to the heart and blood vessels too.


  2. Julie Kramer

    June 30, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I wondered the same thing and wonder if the airline is at all nervous.



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