Heart Health By Larry King
Larry King is recovering from heart surgery.
The 85-year-old TV broadcaster underwent the emergency procedure last week, according to TMZ. At the time, King was reportedly on his way to his doctor for an angiogram. But after feeling a shortness of breath, King was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where doctors performed an angioplasty.
TMZ reports that King spent several days in intensive care, but he is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday.
Update: According to a statement released by Ora TV, which produces Larry King Now, King did not actually suffer a heart attack, nor did he go into cardiac arrest. Rather, his doctors inserted sents to reopen a previous bypass from 1987. He is in “good spirits” and expects to be back to work “soon.”
King suffers from heart disease and regularly receives angiogram to monitor his heart’s health. In 1987, he underwent a quintuple-bypass surgery following a major heart attack. In 2017, he underwent a successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his lung.
King currently hosts the weekly interview series Larry King Now, which aires on Hulu and RT America. Watch a recent episode featuring Killer Mike.
What is health?
In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO)Trusted Source defined health with a phrase that modern authorities still apply.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In 1986, the WHOTrusted Source made further clarifications:
“A resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”
This means that health is a resource to support an individual’s function in wider society, rather than an end in itself. A healthful lifestyle provides the means to lead a full life with meaning and purpose.
In 2009, researchers publishing inThe LancetTrusted Source defined health as the ability of a body to adapt to new threats and infirmities.
They base this definition on the idea that the past few decades have seen modern science take significant strides in the awareness of diseases by understanding how they work, discovering new ways to slow or stop them, and acknowledging that an absence of pathology may not be possible.