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Kelsey Grammer in hospital with irregular heartbeat
REUTERS ^ | July 28, 2008 | None Listed

Posted on 07/28/2008 2:18:53 PM PDT by rockinqsranch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Television star Kelsey Grammer is back in hospital with an irregular heartbeat, two months after suffering a heart attack the actor has said nearly killed him, a celebrity news program reported on Monday.

The 53-year-old actor, best known from "Cheers" and his sitcom "Frasier," has checked into a hospital in New York after feeling faint, "Entertainment Tonight" said. "(Grammer) is being treated for an irregular heartbeat, which we've learned could be a result of medication he was taking for his recent heart attack," the program said in a statement.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actor; cocaine; heart; hospital

1 posted on 07/28/2008 2:18:53 PM PDT by rockinqsranch
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To: rockinqsranch

This will hopefully be only a brief stay in hospital for Grammer, irregular heartbeats are mostly treated by stopping the heart, then restarting it.

My Dad had that done and was in and out of the hospital the same day.


2 posted on 07/28/2008 2:26:18 PM PDT by mkjessup
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To: rockinqsranch

This can’t be right - us evil conservatives are supposed to be heartless...


3 posted on 07/28/2008 2:28:21 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Old Sarge

Likely the statins and, or other crappola they put him on after his MI.


4 posted on 07/28/2008 2:29:59 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: rockinqsranch
Here's wishing Mr. Grammer a speedy recovery.

Mrs. L knocked him on his butt once (quite accidentally) and said he was a very good sport about it.

L

5 posted on 07/28/2008 2:30:24 PM PDT by Lurker (Islam is an insane death cult. Any other aspects are PR to get them within throat-cutting range.)
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To: Lurker

“Mrs. L knocked him on his butt once (quite accidentally) and said he was a very good sport about it.”

Sounds like one of the Frasier scripts. Would be an interesting story for us all.


6 posted on 07/28/2008 2:32:32 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Say Obama were "Pinky", Then who is "The Brain"?)
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To: rockinqsranch
Not much to tell, really.

Mrs L used to work at a very, very upscale Sonoma County restaraunt that Mr. Grammer frequented. One day she was walking out of the kitchen and he was too close to the swinging doors.

BLAM! and he was flat on his back.

She helped him up and apologized profusely. He would have none of it, saying it was his fault for not watching where he was going and being too close to a door he obviously shouldn't have been that close to.

He thanked her for the fine meals, shook her hand, and that was it.

So that's my story of one of Mrs. L's brushes with the glitterati.

She also prepared a takeout meal for Bruce Willis and Demi Moore once, and quite regularly prepared lunches for Charles Schultz of "Peanuts" fame. He ate in the restaraunt where she worked at least once a week for years.

She cooked for Jean Claude Van Damme a few times.

The high point of her culinary career was preparing sushi for George W. Bush when he was running for President. He spoke at a private fund raiser at her current employer.

That's a bit of a resume enhancer as far as I'm concerned.

Although truth be told she said the Secret Service at far more of what was prepared than the soon to be President did.

L

7 posted on 07/28/2008 2:38:33 PM PDT by Lurker (Islam is an insane death cult. Any other aspects are PR to get them within throat-cutting range.)
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To: Lurker

Oh Geez! A Mack Sennett moment eh. LOL.


8 posted on 07/28/2008 2:49:38 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Say Obama were "Pinky", Then who is "The Brain"?)
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To: rockinqsranch

This sounds like Afib. Most likely from a damaged heart. He needs a thorough workup to find out the true function of his heart and possibly put into cardiac rehab for several months.

What has he done or had done to prevent another heart attack? Statins won’t clear out any blockages. He’ll need a stent or by-pass most probably. And then followed carefully by a good cardiologist who knows what he is doing.


9 posted on 07/28/2008 3:04:46 PM PDT by RichardW
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To: RichardW

Years of coke use coming to a head?


10 posted on 07/28/2008 3:51:10 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

Why in the world would you say such a thing????


11 posted on 07/28/2008 3:53:26 PM PDT by cubreporter
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Why in the world would you say such a thing????

Umm,do you know ANYTHING about his well documented past?

Apparently not.

12 posted on 07/28/2008 3:57:28 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: rockinqsranch

I have a friend who had a procedure done this morning for irregular heartbeat—out-patient.


13 posted on 07/28/2008 3:58:47 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: Puppage

So what? I don’t care about his past like you do. I care that he will recover and be well. What difference does it make to YOU?? Geez....


14 posted on 07/28/2008 4:00:25 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: cubreporter
What difference does it make to YOU??

Do ya THINK it just might have something to do with his current heart problems?

15 posted on 07/28/2008 4:03:31 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

No, I don’t! I’m not God. All I can do is to wish him well and I am praying for him.


16 posted on 07/28/2008 4:08:59 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: mkjessup

Warm Boot or Cold Boot?


17 posted on 07/28/2008 4:09:28 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Lurker

Do you live in Carmel or vicinity?


18 posted on 07/28/2008 4:11:12 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: RichardW

There are some that suggest that stents act like tomato stakes, eventually closing the pathway again.


19 posted on 07/28/2008 4:12:51 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Puppage

“Do ya THINK it just might have something to do with his current heart problems?”

Kelsey said it himself that his past “activities” could have been the reason for his heart attack.


20 posted on 07/28/2008 4:13:08 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: mkjessup; All
It's called 'cardioverting', which is a lower-voltage type of defibrillation intended to 'reset' the heart into a normal sinus rhythm. My late dad suffered from cardiopulmonary disease for 20 years, and would go into V-fib regularly. It got to the point that they finally transported him to Johns Hopkins and gave him an implant. My sister was holding his hand once when the implant went off, and she said the sensation that went up her arm felt like putting your tongue on a 9 volt battery. It had to be hell for him, especially being fully awake and knowing that the shock was coming.


21 posted on 07/28/2008 4:25:24 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Barak Obama is as inept as a bear cub with his dink.)
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To: Old Professer
Warm Boot or Cold Boot?

I believe it was 'warm'. My Dad was given a general anesthetic for the procedure and said he didn't remember a thing except that he felt better afterwards.
22 posted on 07/28/2008 4:33:03 PM PDT by mkjessup
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To: Viking2002

I would imagine a wide awake experience would be very disconcerting, my sympathies to you on the loss of your Dad, mine went home to the Lord in January ‘07.


23 posted on 07/28/2008 4:38:38 PM PDT by mkjessup
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To: Puppage
Years of coke use coming to a head?

Unlikely. Coca Cola does produce that much of a head when poured, even from a cold bottle into a warm glass.

Root beer on the other hand, is notorious for it.
24 posted on 07/28/2008 4:42:14 PM PDT by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup
This will hopefully be only a brief stay in hospital for Grammer, irregular heartbeats are mostly treated by stopping the heart, then restarting it.

Prayers for Mr. Grammer and his family. I have a friend who's had that procedure done before. While it is fairly routine, I had to ask him if his doctor's name was Bill Gates. ;-)

25 posted on 07/28/2008 4:52:16 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Enough is enough--FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: Paul Heinzman

Did you suggest that he obtain a second opinion from Dr. Linux? ;)


26 posted on 07/28/2008 4:53:41 PM PDT by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup
Thank you. My mother retired as an R.N. after 42 years, and as she said, it's a blessing that his suffering is over - he had no quality of life to speak of. It's tough to see a robust parent deteriorate in that way - he had atrophied physically, was developing early-onset Alzheimer's, had developed neuropathy in both legs, and we lost him due to post-surgical complications when they tried to restore circulation in one leg, or gangrene would have taken him (his heart was too weak for an amputation). His heart and spirit were in it - he was a warrior to the end - but his body betrayed him. My mother was there when he coded, and she was the one who made the call when the crash cart wasn't enough - the one person I would have wanted to make the call. He was 65 years young. But, were it not for her, and his cardiologist living next door for ten years, he'd have died at my age. That's one thing that I give thanks for - he had his first heart attack at 34, and aside from treated hypertension, diet-controlled diabetes, and a bad general dispostion, I've yet to go under the knife at 45.


27 posted on 07/28/2008 4:55:24 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Barak Obama is as inept as a bear cub with his dink.)
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To: Old Professer

I wouldn’t get one myself. I’d go for a by-pass using the mammary artery from inside the chest. The problem with using veins is that is the low pressure side of the system and they need to use the high pressure arteries so it won’t recur.


28 posted on 07/28/2008 4:55:39 PM PDT by RichardW
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To: RichardW
I had that afib after my 5 bypass surgery 9 years ago. It is no fun, but mine is controlled with medication. I will be 71 next month and feel great and hold down a full time job. I get plenty of exercise.
29 posted on 07/28/2008 5:01:43 PM PDT by Big Horn (Foreigners do not tread on me.)
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To: mkjessup; Puppage
Excellent observation! I have found though that pouring warm Coke over ice without tilting the glass will come to a head that will overflow and leave the drink flat.

Beer, however, should never be tilted, because you want it to come to a head.

30 posted on 07/28/2008 5:03:35 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Enough is enough--FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: rockinqsranch

This is a layman’s opinion but it is my view that a majority of these irregularity problems are due to high blood pressure that is undetected and leads to heart muscle enlargment and damage to heart valves. The stray signals coming out of the right pulmonary veins are what most often set off these uncontrolled movements in the upper chambers. Although these will not kill you, they make your life a living hell, and they run the seven fold risk of having a stroke. That’s why they often put these folks on blood thinners such as coumidan, which I understand is a form of rat poison or so I have been told.

If I were Grammer, I would want to have a total workup and find out exactly what is going on. I’d want an echo and I’d want to know the condition of those arteries to see if there are any blockages. If not, and if the heart muscle is itself damaged, he runs a significant risk of dying from sudden cardiac death which comes from ventricular fibrillation. He needs to get to the bottom of this even if it includes a heart transplant if that is necessary. They also have the partial assist that may help the heart to recover. Bottom line, get to a proper facility and with his assets, I would go to the best; Cleveland Clinic and get the best treatment.


31 posted on 07/28/2008 5:05:19 PM PDT by RichardW
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To: mkjessup
Dr. Linux would recommend a reboot and a new install. Dr. Jobs would suggest an Apple a day. :-)

And that's it; I'm outta here. Prayers for Kelsey and his family. I'm pretty sure he'll be fine.

Sorry to hear about your dad. My wife's brother and father passed within a few days of each other, about a week and half ago. Her brother, Matt Linder, was forty one, a Navy vet of the Gulf War and veteran firefighter.

Two Saturday funerals in a row are two too many.

Levity keeps us sane. Humor is a gift from God.

32 posted on 07/28/2008 5:15:55 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Enough is enough--FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: RichardW
Depending on the artery that was involved, that probably was the cause. Chances are he got stents placed when he had his heart attack. Best bet is a cardioversion at this point, along with an anti-arrythmics. If that doesn't work an ablation would be in order.
33 posted on 07/28/2008 9:18:11 PM PDT by gracie1 (Why can't I pay my visa with my mastercard?)
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To: rockinqsranch
I saw him live on Saturday at an event raising money for ovarian cancer research. It was on QVC and half the proceeds went to the fund. I stopped on the channel when I saw him and his wife. Her mother is a survivor of ovarian cancer. They were being interviewed and he looked kind of pale actually but I didn't think much of it then. They teased him about spending money that day so perhaps he spent too much and the bill came in early!! I believe the event was in the Hamptons. Not sure about that but they must have raised a lot of money cause the short time I watched it they were selling stuff like mad!
34 posted on 07/29/2008 5:55:31 AM PDT by 4everontheRight ("Boy, those French: They have a different word for everything! "- Steve Martin)
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To: Old Professer
Actually we live outside Chicago now. But Mrs. L grew up in Petaluma and the establishment in question (John Ash and Co.) is in Santa Rosa.

Mrs. L was the Lead Line Chef there for nearly 7 years.

L

35 posted on 07/29/2008 8:01:52 AM PDT by Lurker (Islam is an insane death cult. Any other aspects are PR to get them within throat-cutting range.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Get well, Sideshow Bob.

36 posted on 07/29/2008 8:04:23 AM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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