Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Sad Truth....What Really Happened?

Disclaimer: This information was taken strictly from an article on Fox As much as I dislike Fox News they did well on reporting this tragic event. I left a link that you click on to read more. As we mourn the loss of Ms. Whitney Houston I want people to please be aware the drug addiction is a serious illness and millions of people are struggling to fight those demons.

The results are in we now have information on what caused legendary singer Whitney Houston's death. This information is for fans that wanted some form of closure I'm sure her family now has that closure as well.

Whitney Houston's autopsy report was released last Thursday the L.A. coroner’s office that examined her body listed drowning and “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use,” as the official causes of death.

Atherosclerotic heart disease is a condition in which plaque hardens in the arteries and narrows them, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the organs and other parts of the body and can lead to serious problems including heart attack, stroke and death.
Heart disease can be brought on by a number of factors—including poor diet, infrequent exercise or alcohol abuse—cocaine can exacerbate the condition. Therefore When a person engages in cocaine use on top of suffering from advanced atherosclerotic heart disease, the impact on the heart can be devastating. Cocaine use increases heart rate, blood pressure and causes the blood vessels to constrict, reducing the supply of blood to the heart.

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The autopsy report

One of the main risk factors for death during drug usage is that the plaques that build up in the arteries can rupture. Cocaine usage specifically can cause enough stress to lead to a rupture and result in a heart attack.

However, because Houston’s death was attributed to drowning rather than a heart attack,  Dr. Phil Ragno and Dr. Nicholas  Kardaras both said it was unlikely she experienced one.
“She probably suffered a heart rhythm that left her disabled and debilitated, which caused her to become submerged and drown,” Ragno said.

Kardaras added that while the coroner said the other drugs in her system—Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl—did not contribute to Houston’s death, he had trouble seeing how they could be completely discounted.

“Those substances are sedatives,” Kardaras said. “They all have a drowsy effect. I would say it’s more likely to slip under the water and lose consciousness from those other medications…Basically, the conclusion was, she had a heart episode based on her heart condition that led her to slip underwater, and I’m saying we can’t be sure of that.

“Heart attacks due to build up in the arteries are a long chronic condition, and you don’t lose consciousness unless you have a heart attack—but that’s not what the coroner’s saying happened.”

Toni's Thoughts: In my personal opinion it seems as though she suffered until she passed I mean like her body was in a state she could not come out of. I'm baffled by these details I knew drugs would have a hand in it but some things are just not adding up. Like I said once before this is just closure for the fans that wanted to know including me. We love you and miss you Whitney.

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