Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, creator of the heart-healthy South Beach Diet, discusses Jack Pearson’s death on This Is Us.
“In this case, there was tremendous physical stress from Jack lowering his wife and kids down from the house during the rescue,” Agatston said. “That would be exacerbated by the smoke inhalation, decreasing the amount of oxygen that can get to the blood. And then there’s all the emotional stress as well, and all that produces a lot of adrenaline that can lead to acutely clogging up your arteries.”
The show has never mentioned that Jack had underlying heart disease or even high blood pressure. But at his age, which is in his early 50’s, Agatston said, there was probably some plaque buildup in his arteries.
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