Ray Romano had heart surgery recently after a major blockage was found in one of his arteries. The Everybody Loves Raymond star revealed the news on Monday during an appearance on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF With Marc Maron.
The 65-year-old actor explained that he has been battling high cholesterol for two decades, but always tried to get it down naturally. Eventually, his doctor recommended he start taking medication, but the actor was reluctant to do so at first.
He said that he’s now on the medications, and that his cholesterol levels are already dropping quickly. The comedian has even started enjoying his diet a little more.
After a recent health scare, he’s now more aware of his body and the signs of aging. He told Maron that he never felt old before, but that he’s starting to see the signs now.
During the podcast, the ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star opened up about his recent health issue for the first time and shared that he was lucky to be alive at all. He also revealed that he had to have a heart procedure, and that he is now on cholesterol medication.
According to the Daily Mail, Romano’s health scare happened last month when he was directing and starring in his new film Somewhere in Queens. The movie stars Laurie Metcalf and Jennifer Esposito, and follows a couple in Queens surrounded by their overbearing Italian-American family.
When he was directing the movie, Romano had to stop filming in the middle of a scene because of chest pains he was experiencing. He later went to a cardiologist, and told ET that he’s feeling “recovered” now.
He’s had a long fight with his cholesterol and he’s finally starting to feel better after the heart procedure. He shared that he was reluctant to take the medication for years, but now he feels like it’s time.
The ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star said that he would often reward himself with a cheat meal after getting his cholesterol down a bit, but that he was trying to stop doing that. He says that he’s now on the medications that his doctor recommended and he is already seeing results.
But it’s not just his cholesterol that is helping him; he also feels more energetic than ever. The ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ actor has also been going for walks in his hometown of Los Angeles to help get his blood pumping again.
In fact, he’s even got his Apple Watch on to monitor his progress and heart rate as he gets in some exercise.
‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star Romano had heart surgery after a 90 percent blockage was found in one of his artery, the Daily Mail reports. He’s now taking medications to lower his cholesterol and he wants to share that with others so they can take the same precautions as he has.
The actor is happy to be back on his feet, and he hopes to have his cholesterol under control soon. He’s also looking forward to the premiere of his new movie Somewhere in Queens, which hits theaters on May 10.