Warning: This article contains major spoilers.
HBO Max's "Sex and the City" reboot, "And Just Like That...," arrived on Dec. 9, and with it came a storyline no one was prepared for: the death of Mr. Big. Now, Peloton's cardiologist, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, is addressing his fatal heart attack.
In the first episode of the series, Mr. Big suffers a fatal heart attack after completing his 1,000th Peloton ride and getting a shoutout from his favorite instructor, Allegra. Later on, in the second episode, Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) husband, Steve Brady (David Eigenberg), mentions that Big had heart problems, but Miranda explains that his cardiologist signed off on him doing the workout.
And while Mr. Big's cardiologist may have given him the A-OK, Peloton's cardiologist is giving a big "thumbs down" to his "extravagant lifestyle."
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"I'm sure SATC fans, like me, are saddened by the news that Mr. Big dies of a heart attack," said Steinbaum. "Mr. Big lived what many would call an extravagant lifestyle-- including cocktails, cigars, and big steaks--and was at serious risk as he had a previous cardiac event in season 6."
She continued, "These lifestyle choices and perhaps even his family history, which often is a significant factor, were the likely cause of his death. Riding his Peloton Bike may have even helped delay his cardiac event."
So, you're saying we should cut out our nightly cheeseburger, large fry and cosmopolitan? Got it.
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"More than 80 percent of all cardiac-related deaths are preventable through lifestyle, diet and exercise modifications," the cardiologist explained. "And while 25 percent of heart attacks each year are in patients who already had one (like Mr. Big), even then they are very, very treatable. The lesson here is, KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!"
"It's always important to talk to your doctor, get tested, and have a healthy prevention strategy," Steinbaum continued. "The good news is Peloton helps you track heart rate while you ride, so you can do it safely."
While we are still mourning the loss of our beloved Mr. Big, we can now thankfully carry on our Peloton workouts stress-free.
"And Just Like That..." airs every Thursday on HBO Max.