Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. Sudden cardiac arrest is a complete stop of the heart. (Heart attacks, on the other hand, can be major or minor.) Causes are many, from genetics to obesity and smoking. It can strike any age, any gender. Petty was an altogether healthy 66 years old; he just finished a long tour. But he was also a smoker who lived a wild life.
“A heart attack can be like a volcanic eruption,” says Khamare, a Petty fan who found out about the Florida native’s death while making rounds at the hospital. “You could drive by a volcano one day, and it’s dormant. But the next day, it erupts.”
Prevention is key, leading a heart-smart lifestyle: “Eat a healthy diet, low fat, keep your weight down, exercise, stressors.”