Carrie Fisher at the Attitude Magazine Awards
Carrie Fisher, 60, of Star Wars fame suffered a near-fatal heart attack last week during a United flight from London to Los Angeles, and more details have been revealed about her medical emergency.
The actress, who stunned in the 1977 film, was pressured to lose weight for the told, and that may have played a role in her crisis. She was told at the time to shed 35 pounds, which she did. "I did it the same way everybody has to — don't eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it," Carrie later said during an interview with Good Housekeeping U.K.
And a doctor told The Mirror that her drastic weight loss could've caused her heart attack. "When you go on a crash diet, it's not just fat you lose," the unnamed doctor said.
"If the heart loses too much muscle, it can't pump properly, leading to an irregular heartbeat, which can result in a heart attack." According to reports, Carrie is currently in stable condition after her cardiac incident.
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