Last week, we lost America's best pitchman, the one and only Billy Mays.
Mays died suddenly in his sleep due to heart failure, according to Hillsborough County (Fla.) Medical Examiner Vernard Adams. The examiner determined that Mays had developed an enlarged left ventricle and his sudden death is consistent with hypertensive heart disease.
If you have seen any of Billy's infomercials, you would never guess that this energetic man with the booming voice had a timebomb ticking inside his chest. He seemed so strong. That is why hypertensive heart disease is so dangerous - you really can't see it developing.
Hypertensive heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death associated with high blood pressure. It causes the heart's pumping power to weaken, and causes the heart to become less elastic. If this disease goes unchecked, the result is often sudden death.