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.

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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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