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. cialis canadian pharmacy

    how can i order cialis from a canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ how can i order cialis from a canadian pharmacy

    April 23, 2021 at 02:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. LrbsEncox

    levitra strength http://uslevitraanna.com/ levitra at costco

    April 23, 2021 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. how much is sildenafil in uk

    20 mg sildenafil daily https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ cheapest sildenafil online

    April 23, 2021 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Forklift Cylinders Orange County

    Good blog you've got here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!


    April 23, 2021 at 19:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. homes for sale rathdrum id

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don't seem to get nearly anything done.


    April 23, 2021 at 19:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RV Remodel Near Me


    April 23, 2021 at 19:08 | Report abuse | Reply

    806860 371173There a couple of fascinating points in time in this post but I dont know if I see these center to heart. There might be some validity but Ill take hold opinion until I explore it further. Outstanding write-up , thanks and then we want a great deal much more! Put into FeedBurner too 162006

    April 23, 2021 at 22:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. FbsfEncox

    Suprax https://uspharmus.com/ Baycip

    April 24, 2021 at 03:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bathroom repair near me

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It's always interesting to read through content from other writers and use a little something from their websites.


    April 24, 2021 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Remodeling California


    April 24, 2021 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RV Steps Riverside


    April 24, 2021 at 18:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. tadalafil max dose

    tadalafil gel https://elitadalafill.com/ tadalafil 30 mg

    April 24, 2021 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. homes for sale dalton gardens idaho


    April 24, 2021 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Forklift Repair Los Angeles


    April 24, 2021 at 22:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. alternative to alprostadil

    alprostadil ingredients https://alprostadildrugs.com/ alprostadil injection where to buy

    April 25, 2021 at 05:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. JbsdEncox

    Periactin https://onlinecanda21.com/ canada pharmaceuticals online generic

    April 25, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. upholstery orange county


    April 25, 2021 at 20:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Driver Seats Orange County

    This is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very accurate info… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!


    April 25, 2021 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. RfvbZisse

    20mg cialis generic https://cileve.com/ – cialis sell buy daily cialis from canada

    April 26, 2021 at 03:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. GvdbCrulk

    cialis tadalafil 20 mg bula https://boxtadafil.com/ tadalafil heart valve

    April 26, 2021 at 05:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. LhdvZisse

    cialis daily pricing https://asciled.com/ cialis sell

    April 26, 2021 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. how can i order cialis from a canadian pharmacy

    cialis canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis through canadian pharmacies

    April 26, 2021 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. hydroxychloroquine plaquenil

    chloroquine without prescription https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chloroquine cvs

    April 27, 2021 at 03:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. ed meds

    erectile disorder icd 10 https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ order erectile dysfunction pills

    April 27, 2021 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. house for sale kellogg idaho

    I must thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this blog. I am hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal blog now 😉


    April 27, 2021 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. nearby houses for sale


    April 27, 2021 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. chloroquine for lupus

    is chloroquine available over the counter https://aralenchloroquinex.com/# choloquine

    April 28, 2021 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. หวย

    I love what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the great works guys I've incorporated you guys to my blogroll.

    April 29, 2021 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Articles

    I don't even know the way I finished up right here, but I assumed this publish was once great.
    I do nnot understand who you might be however certainly you're
    going to a famous blogger for those who aren't already.

    April 29, 2021 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. News

    I know this web site pprovides quality depending articles and additional stuff, is there any other web
    page which gives these inforrmation inn quality?

    April 29, 2021 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. trending

    Why users still make use of to read news papers when in this technological
    globe everything iis available on net?

    April 29, 2021 at 19:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. agen casino online terbaik

    I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

    April 30, 2021 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. LrbsEncox

    how much does levitra cost http://uslevitraanna.com/ effects levitra side

    April 30, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. casino online

    Saktibet Situs Judi Online 24jam Kirim Pulsa Terdepan dengan jenis game terdepan. Kalian bisa mempunyai 1 akun saja untuk keseluruhan betting seperti:

    • Mesinslot
    • Judi Online Casino
    • Tarujam Sbobet
    • Fish Hunting
    • Poker
    • Judi Togel Online
    Pelayanan Kirim bank Lokal 24jam tanpa menunggu offline.
    Kirim bisa menggunakan emoney seperti Dana, Ovo, Gopay dan Link
    Aja. Juga membuka layanan depo pulsa Telkomsel dan juga XL.

    Untuk kejelasan lebih lanjut kamu dapat menyambungkan ke nomor
    yang tersedia di bawah ini:
    Whatsapp : +62 8199-459-7290
    Line : cs.saktibet
    Link Main : saktibet.link
    Link Main : https://www.saktibet.link/

    April 30, 2021 at 22:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. BbdfMile

    poppers and viagra https://gensitecil.com/ how long before viagra works

    May 1, 2021 at 05:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. online erectile dysfunction prescription

    erectile dysfunction clinic https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile destroyer

    May 1, 2021 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. situs remipoker

    Hi everyone, it's my first pay a quick visit at this website, and paragraph
    is genuinely fruitful in favor of me, keep up posting such articles or reviews.

    May 1, 2021 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. cialis through canadian pharmacies

    canadian pharmacy no perscription generic cialis https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian viagra cialis

    May 2, 2021 at 03:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. FbsfEncox

    erectile dysfunction medications https://uspharmus.com/ Copegus

    May 2, 2021 at 03:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?

    canadian pills pharmacy https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian customs pills vitamins

    May 2, 2021 at 07:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Director

    At this moment I am ready to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast comihg
    again tto read additiknal news.

    May 2, 2021 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. avanafil

    avanafil buy avana drug

    May 3, 2021 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. JbsdEncox

    canada pharmaceuticals Co-Amoxiclav Endep

    May 3, 2021 at 04:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. 인천 주택홍보관

    I got this web page from my friend who told me on the topic of this website and
    at the moment this time I am browsing this website
    and reading very informative content at this time.

    May 4, 2021 at 03:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. End Of Tenancy Cleaning Ellesmere Port - Carpet Cleaning Ellesmere Port

    I have read so many articles about the blogger lovers but this paragraph is
    actually a fastidious paragraph, keep it up.

    My web blog ... End Of Tenancy Cleaning Ellesmere Port – Carpet Cleaning Ellesmere Port

    May 4, 2021 at 03:46 | Report abuse | Reply

    Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers
    and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a
    wonderful job!

    May 4, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. LebnEncox

    reliable canadian online pharmacy https://xlnpharmacy.com/ erectile dysfunction

    May 4, 2021 at 05:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. bola 88

    Appreciating the persistence you put into your site and detailed information you
    present. It's great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same out
    of date rehashed material. Excellent read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to my
    Google account.

    May 4, 2021 at 05:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. adhd training


    May 4, 2021 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Optician Near Me


    May 4, 2021 at 17:14 | 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 accident repair shop near me


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.