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Gandolfini's death puts spotlight back on heart disease

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The sudden death of actor James Gandolfini has put the spotlight on heart disease and its many risk factors.

Several conditions, behaviors and hereditary factors can boost the risk of heart disease, including things like obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or even a family history of heart disease.

Doctors at the north central heart institute in Sioux Falls say celebrity health issues or deaths can prompt many people to consider their own health.

"Many folks will tend to look more introspectively, look at their self and go well I've had these symptoms to work out, or I've got family history and I should think about things a little more, or if I've not been eating as well or if my blood sugar hasn't been as controlled as I'd like. All those factors can make folks think a little more strongly about their own health," Dr. Elden Rand, North Central Heart Institute, said.

Although Gandolfini's specific heart disease risk factors aren't clear, the actor was overweight which can increase a person's risk for heart disease.

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