Dick Clark died a day after prostate surgery
Dick Clark had a heart attack just a day after having prostate surgery, a procedure that an expert says is “exceedingly safe.”
April 24th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Dick Clark died a day after prostate surgery

The Empowered Patient is a regular feature from CNN Senior Medical News Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen that helps put you in the driver's seat when it comes to health care.

Hollywood producer and television legend Dick Clark died of a heart attack a day after having prostate surgery, according to a death certificate obtained by CNN.

Clark died last Wednesday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. The day before his death, he had an operation to relieve “acute urinary retention,” an inability to urinate.

“It’s a very painful condition,” says Dr. Kevin McVary, professor of urology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The operation is “exceedingly safe” according to McVary, a spokesman with the American Urological Association.

“The mortality rate is less than one in 1,000. That’s very low risk,” he says.

The death certificate lists acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery disease as the causes of death. In December 2004, Clark suffered what was then described as "a mild stroke," just months after announcing he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Patients with this kind of health history are usually screened by a doctor to test whether their heart is strong enough to withstand surgery, McVary says.

The surgery, known as transurethral resection of the prostate, is considered lower risk because it doesn’t involve an external incision. Instead, doctors insert a surgical tool through the tip of the penis and into the urethra, and then cut away prostate tissue to unblock the flow of urine.

It’s not known why Clark had a heart attack after this procedure. Surgery can be risky for cardiac patients. Anesthesia, for example, can be difficult on the heart, and so can blood pressure fluctuations that occur during surgery.

“Having surgery is a stressful event,” says Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield, an interventional cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “It might have been enough to tip him over.”

soundoff (1,880 Responses)
  1. bd lu

    Kết Quả Futsal Việt Nam Vs Lebanontường thuật trực tiếp việt nam thái lan Theo thể thức thi đấu, đội thắng ở cặp đấu này sẽ giành tấm vé đến Lithuania vào ngày hội bóng đá lớn nhất thế giới cho futsal. Tuyển futsal Việt Nam bước vào trận play-off lượt đi tranh vé dự play-off World Cup 2021 với sự tự tin. Tuy vậy, HLV Phạm Minh Giang bày tỏ, toàn đội ko ngán Lebanon tuy vậy sẽ tìm cách để khắc chế sức mạnh của đối thủ bởi bên trên băng ghế huấn luyện là nhà cầm quân Ramiro Lopez, người từng dẫn dắt futsal Tây Ban Nha.|Dựa vào lịch tranh tài, quý khách rất có thể chuẩn bị xếp công việc


    June 15, 2021 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me


    June 15, 2021 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Repair Shop Near My Location


    June 15, 2021 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Repair Near My Location

    Great post. I will be dealing with many of these issues as well..


    June 15, 2021 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Repair Near My Location

    I was extremely pleased to discover this website. I need to to thank you for ones time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely liked every part of it and I have you saved as a favorite to see new stuff on your site.


    June 15, 2021 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. vtv3hd

    Kết Trái Futsal Việt Nam Vs Lebanontruc tiep vtv1Theo thể thức thi đấu, đội thắng ở cặp đấu này sẽ giành tấm vé đến Lithuania vào ngày hội bóng đá lớn nhất thế giới đến futsal. Tuyển futsal Việt Nam bước vào trận play-off lượt đi tranh vé dự play-off World Cup 2021 với sự tự tin. Tuy vậy, HLV Phạm Minh Giang bày tỏ, toàn đội ko ngán Lebanon tuy nhiên sẽ tìm cách để khắc chế sức mạnh của đối thủ bởi trên băng ghế huấn luyện là nhà cầm quân Ramiro Lopez, người từng dẫn dắt futsal Tây Ban Nha.|Dựa vào lịch thi đấu, quý khách hoàn toàn có thể chuẩn bị xếp việc làm


    June 15, 2021 at 19:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now

    Itís difficult to find well-informed people on this subject, but you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks


    June 15, 2021 at 20:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Repair Shops Near My Location


    June 15, 2021 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RV Repair Around Me

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be useful to read through content from other writers and practice a little something from their sites.


    June 15, 2021 at 20:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Camper Repair Near Me


    June 15, 2021 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. danh bai

    Xem Thẳng Viettel Vs Tỉnh Bình Dương Tại V League 2021 Ở Kênh Nào? kèo nhà cái chấm netĐội tuyển futsal nước Việt Nam đã có một trận đấu chấp nhận được trước đối thủ cạnh tranh đầy mức độ mạnh Lebanon. Kết trái Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu vs Bình Phước ngày hôm nay 18h00 ngày 5/5, Hạng nhất Việt Nam.


    June 15, 2021 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Camper Repair Shops Near Me


    June 15, 2021 at 23:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be helpful to read through articles from other authors and practice something from other sites.


    June 16, 2021 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Repair Seal Beach


    June 16, 2021 at 00:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RV Repair Near Me

    Iím amazed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog thatís equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I came across this during my search for something regarding this.


    June 16, 2021 at 02:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Acnetin A 5%

    342316 544028 You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the problem and located most individuals will go along with with your site. 337706

    June 16, 2021 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me


    June 16, 2021 at 07:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. pharmaceptica.com

    chloroquine phosphate side effects https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 16, 2021 at 08:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. campuchia vs myanmar u22

    Trực Tiếp Soccer Thời Điểm Hôm Naynhật bản vs qatarNếu cứ nghịch như cách vừa đè bẹp Everton cho tới 3-1 trên sảnh khách hàng


    June 16, 2021 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV Repair Around Me

    I really love your website.. Great colors & theme. Did you develop this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as Iím looking to create my own website and would like to learn where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Thank you!


    June 16, 2021 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. dangky.tlu

    Thông Tin, Sự Kiện Liên Quan Đến Trực Tiếp Bóng Đá Phái Nữ bk8Đội tuyển chọn nước ta chỉ cần một kết trái hòa có bàn thắng nhằm lần thứ hai góp mặt trên World Cup futsal. Nhưng, để thực hiện được điều này


    June 16, 2021 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. dodge dealership near me


    June 16, 2021 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. dairy queen near me

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this web site needs a great deal more attention. Iíll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!


    June 16, 2021 at 14:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. strip clubs near me


    June 16, 2021 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. indeed jobs near me

    I'm extremely pleased to find this website. I want to to thank you for your time just for this wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and i also have you bookmarked to check out new things on your blog.


    June 16, 2021 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. breweries near me


    June 16, 2021 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. harris teeter near me

    I want to to thank you for this very good read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you saved as a favorite to look at new things you postÖ


    June 16, 2021 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. ttbd

    Thẳng Soccer Thời Điểm Hôm Nay, Links Coi đá Bóng Trực Tuyến 24hltdbdTheo thể thức thi đấu, đội thắng ở cặp đấu này sẽ giành tấm vé đến Lithuania vào ngày hội bóng đá lớn nhất thế giới mang đến futsal. Tuyển futsal Việt Nam bước vào trận play-off lượt đi tranh vé dự play-off World Cup 2021 với sự tự tin. Tuy vậy, HLV Phạm Minh Giang bày tỏ, toàn đội ko ngán Lebanon tuy vậy sẽ tìm cách để khắc chế sức mạnh của đối thủ bởi bên trên băng ghế huấn luyện là nhà cầm quân Ramiro Lopez, người từng dẫn dắt futsal Tây Ban Nha.|Dựa vào lịch tranh tài, quý khách hoàn toàn có thể sắp xếp công việc


    June 16, 2021 at 15:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. lidl near me

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the greatest blogs online. I am going to recommend this blog!


    June 16, 2021 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. carpet cleaning near me

    This is a topic which is close to my heart... Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    June 16, 2021 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. at&t store near me

    Very good blog post. I certainly love this site. Keep writing!


    June 16, 2021 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. sporting goods near me


    June 16, 2021 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. fast food restaurants near me

    The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn't fail me as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I really believed you would probably have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you can fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.


    June 16, 2021 at 19:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. moneygram near me

    I needed to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new stuff you postÖ


    June 16, 2021 at 19:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. truck stops near me

    Very good post. I certainly love this site. Continue the good work!


    June 16, 2021 at 21:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. financial advisor near me

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this amazing site needs a great deal more attention. Iíll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!


    June 16, 2021 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Camper Repair Near Me

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.


    June 16, 2021 at 22:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Repair Orange County California

    Hi, I do think your website could possibly be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic blog!


    June 16, 2021 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. RV Repair Shops Near My Location

    This page definitely has all the information I needed concerning this subject and didnít know who to ask.


    June 16, 2021 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. 5 below near me


    June 16, 2021 at 23:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. cheap apartments near me

    This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thank you!


    June 16, 2021 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Repair Around Me

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!


    June 17, 2021 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. RV Repair Shop

    After going over a number of the blog posts on your website, I truly appreciate your way of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my website too and let me know what you think.


    June 17, 2021 at 00:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Repair Fountain Valley

    Hello there! This post could not be written any better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I'll forward this information to him. Pretty sure he'll have a great read. Thank you for sharing!


    June 17, 2021 at 01:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me


    June 17, 2021 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. publix near me

    I love reading through an article that can make men and women think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!


    June 17, 2021 at 03:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Repair Near Me Now

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am having issues with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I can't subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    June 17, 2021 at 03:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. https://www.songmanhits.com

    Best view i have ever seen !


    June 17, 2021 at 04:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Sprinter Repair Costa Mesa

    Good day! I could have sworn Iíve visited this blog before but after looking at many of the articles I realized itís new to me. Nonetheless, Iím definitely pleased I found it and Iíll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!


    June 17, 2021 at 05:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. RV Repair Santa Ana

    This is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate infoÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!


    June 17, 2021 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

Leave a Reply to Catheryn Romane


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.