‘The Biggest Loser’ trainer Bob Harper Had A Heart Attack, How Could That Happen?
Bob Harper, the super-fit host of weight loss reality show ‘The Biggest Loser’, had a heart attack while working out in New York City a couple weeks ago, reported TMZ today. On the road to recovery, he posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing monitors to see what his heart is doing throughout the day.
Harper says he was working out in a NYC gym 2 weeks ago when he collapsed. A doctor who was also working out administered CPR and used paddles to keep him alive.
Harper was taken to the hospital and says he woke up 2 days later. He was hospitalized for 8 days and is still in NYC — he lives in L.A. — because his doctors have not cleared him to fly.
He’s doing a lot better and his exercise for the time being is limited to walking.
Bob — a fitness nut — says the heart attack is all genetics. His mom died of one at the age of 70. Is that really what’s going on here?
Family history is one of the first things most doctors would ask about, says Martha Gulati, chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona. “The earlier we know the disease is present, the more actions we can take in trying to prevent heart disease [without medication],” she says.
Harper may actually have a mutation, or some other heritable factor of heart disease. But it’s likely that there are environmental factors that are going on as well, says Kim Allan Williams, the chief of the cardiology division at the Rush University School of Medicine and the former president of the American College of Cardiology. “You can’t exercise your way out of the standard American diet,” Williams says. American diets tend to be high in animal proteins, things like eggs, meat, and fish. And while that can help younger athletes beef up more quickly, there’s reason to believe that diets that are too high in protein lead to the formation of arterial plaque, which can put them at a much higher risk from heart disease as they get older.
The American Heart Association has a list of seven things you should do to reduce the risk of heart disease: keep low blood pressure, control cholesterol, maintain a healthy body weight, keep low blood sugar, be active, eat a heart-healthy diet, lose weight, and don’t smoke.