DALLAS, June 14 Volunteers and staff of theAmerican Heart Association extend their sympathy to the family and friends ofnational television journalist Tim Russert who died suddenly on Friday.
"Tim Russert was a respected and honored journalist and we are deeplysaddened by this loss," said Dan Jones, M.D., president of the American HeartAssociation. "He was an ardent champion for those issues that touched all ofour lives, including healthcare. In fact, he felt passionately that the mediashould serve as a champion for asking the tough questions on these issues.More importantly, he was passionate about his love for his family. Ourthoughts and prayers are with them at this time."
Media reports suggest that Russert died suddenly of a heart attack. Whilemany heart attacks can be prevented before they occur, or treated while inprogress to halt or lessen the damage, not all can; coronary heart disease isstill the number one killer of men, accounting for more than half of alldeaths among men. More than 50 percent of all men who die of coronary heartdisease have no previous symptoms.For more information on heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, visit www.americanheart.org.
SOURCE American Heart Association