A larger-than-life charmer in a large-scale job, he dined in the most exclusive restaurants, tasted the finest cigars, and was rarely without a drink.
So the question on everyone’s lips yesterday – after the shocking death of Mr. Big from Sex And The City – had it occurred to him?
His fatal heart attack after a session on his Peloton exercise bike prompted the company to produce a cardiologist to insist it certainly had nothing to do with his training.
And an analysis of his lifestyle and background would seem to support their case.
Since his first appearances on the show in 1998, Big has enjoyed a drink. We’ve seen him swallow hundreds of tall glasses of wine – red and white – on dates, at home, and at parties. He also revealed a taste for Martini cocktails filled to the brim and huge glasses of whiskey in times of crisis.
Such regular alcohol consumption is known to increase blood pressure, and uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart attack or stroke.
But on top of that, there is his love of tobacco. For the first five sets, Big – reportedly in his sixties – was an enthusiastic cigarette smoker.
Mr Big’s fatal heart attack after a session on his Peloton exercise bike caused the company to produce a cardiologist to insist it certainly had nothing to do with his training, writes Alison Boshoff
It was one of the ties that bound him to Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), also a smoker. After suffering from a blocked artery, he gave up smoking but continued to allow himself a cigar once a week.
According to experts, around one in four heart attacks is directly linked to smoking. Smoking is a much bigger risk factor for a heart attack than high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, or stress.
As already mentioned, it’s not like Big (played by Chris Noth) doesn’t have a history of heart problems.
In the 2003 series, he underwent angioplasty, the unblocking of a coronary artery, and had a stent installed.
However, blood clots can form in the stents after the angioplasty procedure. These clots can close the artery, causing a heart attack.
No doubt Big’s stressful job won’t have helped, but he’s been through a lot of romantic angst as well.
Five series and two films later, they finally find marital happiness but only after a series of betrayals, adventures and heartache.
Her love affair with Carrie has taken many eerie and grueling twists and turns. He and Carrie caused each other hellish anxiety practically from the start, when a chance encounter on a New York City street and again at a nightclub led to the start of their high octane romance. They go their separate ways at the end of the first series because he won’t tell her that she is “the right one.”
Five series and two films later, they finally find marital happiness but only after a series of betrayals, affairs and sorrows.
Somehow, when not in the throes of passion, Big also finds time to have an extremely successful career as a financier, where he earns enough money to buy the apartment of their dreams in Manhattan (without ever having to work late).
Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. Stress also contributes to patients overeating, smoking, and drinking alcohol, which is also bad for heart health.
Then there is the gastronomy. Big is particularly fond of good food, especially meat, and always loved to cook for Carrie, whose maid service was non-existent to the point that she kept her sweaters in her never-used oven on their first date. On one occasion, she picked up her girlfriends because Big had come to cook her veal chops.
Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack
The main cause of heart attack is coronary artery disease, in which the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood become blocked with deposits of cholesterol.
Being overweight is a risk factor – and Big wasn’t. However, his love of meat may well have put him in danger.
In July, researchers from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford found that consuming processed meat increased the risk of heart disease by a fifth. The team found that eating 50g per day of processed meat like ham or sausage increased the risk of coronary heart disease by 18% due to its high salt content. Unprocessed red meat like steak, a big favorite, also increased the risk of heart disease by 9 percent due to the high saturated fat content.
Candace Bushnell, the author of the hit series, based the character of Big on publishing director Ron Galotti, former editor of GQ and Talk magazine. A key indicator of his status is that Big is being driven around in a limo. Being inactive can lead to a buildup of fat in the arteries. If it turns into coronary artery disease, it can lead to a heart attack. Being active can reduce your risk of developing certain heart and circulatory diseases by up to 35 percent.