Carrie Fisher like to get high in a big way and her favorite drug cocktail included Heroin, Cocaine & Ecstasy which is a lethal combo to say the least! The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed that a number of factors contributed to actress Carrie Fisher’s death on December 27, 2016, including sleep apnea and heart disease. Though the statement also mentions drug use, it doesn’t specify which drugs were used or how long they were taken. Though the report leaves the cause of death as “undetermined.” It has shed light on important health issues, ranging from mental illness to sleep apnea.
“I am mentally ill,” Carrie Fisher once told ABC News. “I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it. But bring it on.”
Her daughter also confirmed her mother’s struggle with drug addiction to People. But the disorder that contributed to Fisher’s death was one that she kept from the public: sleep apnea.
Fisher died at the end of December just four days after having a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The official report released last week notes that sleep apnea, a disorder that causes you to stop breathing in the middle of the night, was a contributing factor. It remains unclear if Fisher even knew she had it.
But as the LA Times also reported it was complicated by “her demon” – illegal drugs:
Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound flight and later died.
Fisher’s toxicology review found evidence of cocaine, methadone, MDMA (better known as ecstasy), alcohol and opiates when she was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital on Dec. 23, a toxicology report showed.
The test results “suggests there was an exposure to heroin, but that the dose and time of exposure cannot be pinpointed.” Therefore we cannot establish the significance of heroin regarding the cause of death in this case.”
The tests revealed that the cocaine would have been consumed within the previous 72 hours, according to the autopsy.
More than 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Though doctors cannot detect the disorder during a routine examination, it is the leading cause of daytime fatigue. Symptoms include snoring and gasping for breath in one’s sleep. If left untreated, it could increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and even heart failure.
“What you die of is not the sleep apnea,” John Bouzis, a dentist who works with sleep specialists to help apneic patients, told The Washington Post. “You die of the cardiovascular disease. You die of the stroke. You die of the pulmonary problems . . . Sleep apnea is a time bomb.”
Women have a greater chance of being diagnosed with sleep apnea and also carry a greater threat of never being treated for it. That’s because female patients are more likely to play down its symptoms. In women, the incidence of sleep apnea increases after menopause so many people with the ailment attribute it to other changes.
“It’s not a comfortable conversation for a physician to have with a woman,” he told The Post. “We’re likely to say to a man you need to lose some weight. It’s not a conversation we have with a lot of women. I catch myself wanting to bring it up, hoping that they bring it up so that we can easily have that conversation.”
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, be proactive and have a conversation with your doctor.
Source: NPR, Washington Post