Burt Lancaster's popular pastime lead to brain and heart damage


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Famed for roles in From Here To Eternity (1953), the Sweet Smell Of Success (1957), and Elmer Gantry (1960), Burt Lancaster offered a lot to Hollywood. Sadly, he suffered from a number of serious health issues, in part due to his smoking habit. Developing heart disease, which may be been worsened by his smoking, Lancaster suffered from a stroke that left him partially paralysed in 1990.

The Centres for Disease and Prevention (CDC) confirmed: “Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.”

Smoking can cause:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Eye diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.

Secondhand smoke also leads to such adverse health effects.

Aside from smoking, coronary artery disease can develop due to a lack of physical activity and a fatty diet, the NHS states.


As such, the plaques of fat harden along the arteries, causing them to narrow and restricts blood flow.

If blood flow to the brain is restricted, a mini stroke can occur; if the brain is starved of oxygen for a longer period of time, a more damaging stroke occurs.

When the blood flow to the heart is restricted, heart muscles die, which is what happens during a heart attack.

Burt Lancaster stars in Ten Tall Men, on Monday, September 26 at 5.15pm on Film4.


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