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Ray Romano Reveals He Had Heart Surgery After Doctors Discovered A Major Artery Was Majorly Blocked

Everybody Loves Raymond, even God apparently, because Ray Romano is pretty lucky to be alive right now. During a recent interview on Marc Maron’s ‘WTF’ podcast, the 65-year-old actor revealed he recently underwent heart surgery to have a stent put in.

He said doctors discovered a 90 percent blockage in one of his major arteries. “I got kinda lucky that we found it before having a [widow-maker] heart attack,” he admitted.

During the conversation, Ray said he had been battling high cholesterol for nearly 20 years, and he never did go on medication because he thought he could beat it with a healthier diet.

Every time, I said, ‘Let me do it myself.’ And I would go home, and I would eat right — not vegan, but a little healthier — and get it down a couple ticks. I’d go home and think I was hot s–t. I’d get it down already, and I’d start cheating, cheating, and that was the cycle. Now, I’m on the meds. If I could go back 20 years, I’d start taking them.

And while his cholesterol is now down, thanks in large part to the meds, he now has to worry about his sugar intake. He revealed that his blood sugar has been up lately and he’s currently pre-diabetic.

Ray is such a massive talent, so hopefully he can get his health under control. 65 is still young! For those who don’t know, the comedian/actor directed and stars in the upcoming film, Somewhere in Queens.

It’s having a limited release starting this weekend and I highly suggest you watch it. I saw an early screening and it’s very good. It might be Ray’s best work.