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Joan Rivers’ Heart Arrhythmia: What To Know About Her Deadly Condition

Sat, September 6, 2014 5:51pm EDT by Chris Rogers 3 Comments

Even though the cause of Joan’s death has not yet been determined, she did suffer from a scary heart condition, she once revealed in a 1985 interview. Find out everything you need to know about heart arrhythmia, which ‘scared the hell out of her.’

Joan Rivers, who tragically died on Sept. 4 after going into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure on her vocal cords, admitted in 1985 that she suffered from heart arrhythmia, which causes the heart to beat irregularly. While it’s still unclear whether the condition led to Joan’s death, we thought it’d be beneficial to divulge as much information about heart arrhythmia as possible.

Joan Rivers’ Heart Arrhythmia — Facts About The Deadly Condition

At the time of her 1985 interview with then-host Joan Lunden on Good Morning America (watch it above), Joan referred to her common condition as a “ladies’ problem” that affects one in four women.

“All of a sudden you’ll be on stage and hear ‘tha-thump,'” she told Joan. “It scares the hell out of me.”

Joan also revealed that going under for plastic surgery or something similar could cause the heart to “go out of kilter,” but she stressed that she’s always “very careful.”

On the American Heart Association’s website, arrhythmia is defined as “any change from the normal sequence of electrical impulses. The electrical impulses may happen too fast, too slowly, or erratically – causing the heart to beat too fast, too slowly, or erratically. When the heart doesn’t beat properly, it can’t pump blood effectively. When the heart doesn’t pump blood effectively, the lungs, brain and all other organs can’t work properly and may shut down or be damaged.”

The site also states that “some arrhythmias are so brief that the overall heart rate or rhythm isn’t greatly affected. But if arrhythmias last longer, they may cause the heart rate to be too slow or too fast or the heart rhythm to be erratic, so the heart pumps less effectively.”

Joan’s interview, along with this information on her scary condition, definitely sheds some light on what may or may not have caused her untimely death.

Joan Rivers — Her Autopsy Results Are ‘Inconclusive’

An autopsy was performed on Joan, but a cause of death has not yet been determined. Results were “inconclusive” and more tests need to be run.

In the meantime, the New York Department of Health has launched a review of the Manhattan clinic where Joan underwent the procedure on her vocal cords, which left her in a coma, and ultimately resulted in her death.

Our thoughts continue to go out to Joan’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.

— Chris Rogers

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