Ray Romano talks recent heart surgery: ‘I got kinda lucky’

Ray Romano
Photo credit Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival

Ray Romano could have had some serious health issues.

The actor recently appeared on “WTF with Marc Maron” and revealed he had a preventative procedure after doctors found 90% blockage of an artery in his heart. He was told it could have lead to a widow maker heart attack.

“I had to have a stent put in, at 90% blockage,” the “Everybody Loves Raymond” star told the host. “I got kinda lucky that we found it before having a heart attack.”

Romano went on to say he’d had issues with cholesterol for two decades but wouldn’t take the medication recommended by his physician.

“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,” he said.

The new diet and healthy living would only last so long, which brought along the 90% blocked artery.

Romano said he finally started taking the recommended medication and his cholesterol dropped immediately.

“If I could go back 20 years, I would have gone on the meds,” he said. “It was hard for me to sustain the diet stuff.”

Romano continued discussing the signs of aging with Maron, saying they’re becoming more apparent. Even if he doesn’t feel old.

“Man, saying 50 was weird, but saying 60… it sounds foreign, it sounds fake, you know?” he said. “I know in my head I don’t feel that old. In my body, I’m getting a couple notices that I am that old.”

Check out the entirety of Romano’s WTF episode on Audacy.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival