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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 04: Actor Leslie Jordan attends the TrevorLIVE Los Angeles 2016 fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Leslie Jordan’s cause of death was revealed to be “sudden heart failure”. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Leslie Jordan’s cause of death was revealed to be “sudden heart failure and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease”, also known as atherosclerosis.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed the news on Thursday to Yahoo Entertainment.

The “Call me Kat” actor, 67, died on Oct. 24 in a car accident in West Hollywood, California. Jordan was on his way to work when he entered a building following what appeared to be a medical emergency.

There was no evidence of alcohol or drugs in his system, and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Following his death, Jordan’s current and former co-stars, including George Takei, Ellen DeGeneres and his “Will and Grace” castmates, took to social media to pay tribute to the iconic comedian.

The tributes mentioned someone who was “happy, always telling stories and generating laughter in real life as well as on the internet”.

Actress Mayim Bialik, who plays Kat in “Call Me Kat,” gave a statement from the cast when Jordan passed away.

“There are no words to express the loss we are experiencing as a cast and as ‘Call Me Kat’ family,” she said. “Leslie Jordan was larger than life. He was a southern gentleman; tender, wise, mischievous and hilarious. We met and loved him at the height of his happiness and joy and it is inconceivable to imagine a world without our Leslie.”

So what is cardiac dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease? Read everything you need to know.

What is cardiac dysfunction and what causes it?

Sudden cardiac dysfunction is one of the leading causes of natural death today. This type of heart failure occurs more commonly in adults and is seen twice as often in men as in women.

Similar to cardiac arrest, this condition occurs when there is a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system. This causes the heart to beat dangerously and extremely fast, also known as ventricular fibrillation.

The first few minutes of cardiac dysfunction are critical as blood flow to the brain is cut off and the person loses consciousness – which can result in death.

In Canada, approximately 35,000 people suffer from this type of heart failure every year. As a patient’s survival rate doubles with prompt medical attention, it is important to call an ambulance as soon as possible.

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Sudden cardiac dysfunction is one of the leading causes of natural death today. (Photo via Getty Images)

What is arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

Atherosclerosis, or arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, is the buildup of cholesterol, fats, or other substances in the arteries. This buildup is often called plaque, which can cause your arteries to narrow, block blood flow, and lead to a blood clot.

Depending on which arteries become blocked, atherosclerosis can cause a number of health problems, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, aneurysms and heart failure.

Atherosclerosis usually starts early in life, and many people develop plaques in middle age. However, mild plaque buildup does not normally affect blood flow.

People with atherosclerosis usually don’t have symptoms until the artery is at least halfway blocked. As the condition progresses, it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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If you or someone you know is showing any warning signs of heart failure, call 911 immediately. (Photo via Getty Images)

What are the signs and symptoms of heart dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

In many cases, sudden cardiac dysfunction occurs without any signs or symptoms. However, sometimes drastic symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness and rapid heartbeat can be observed – but this is rare.

Also, if someone suddenly faints, is unresponsive to touch or sound, loses a pulse, or stops breathing, they may be suffering from heart failure.

Atherosclerosis usually doesn’t cause “symptoms until it’s advanced enough to block a large part of a major blood vessel.”

If the blockage occurs in a coronary artery, it will typically cause chest pain. If the blockage is in the legs, it can cause leg cramps while exercising or walking.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above warning signs, or is suddenly unresponsive, call 911 immediately – this is a medical emergency.

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Living a heart-healthy lifestyle can help prevent your risk of heart disease or heart disease. (Photo via Getty Images)

What are the risks of cardiac dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

There are many factors that can lead to a higher risk of heart dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, such as people who smoke or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Additionally, people who are obese, have diabetes, live a sedentary lifestyle, or have mental health issues are at greater risk.

If you have a family history of heart disease, you also have a higher chance of developing heart complications.

How can I help prevent heart dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease?

In general, the prevention of heart dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the same – do everything you can to promote optimal heart health.

For example, it is recommended to maintain a healthy weight, not smoke, eat a healthy balanced diet, manage stress, and get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Also, talk to your doctor or health care provider about screening for heart dysfunction and how to reduce your risk of atherosclerosis.

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