Fit And Healthy 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Suffers Heart Attack
Marilyn Caylor 3/1/2017
When you think of super fit celebrities that are the picture of health, a certain reality TV show may come to mind. Although the contestants themselves are extremely obese when they come onto the show, it's the famous trainers that have our eyes glued to the screen.
Bob Harper stars as the host of the popular show ‘The Biggest Loser.' He is well-known for his buff physique and health-conscious mindset. So, it comes as a total shock to learn that he recently suffered a heart attack and ended up in a coma for two days!
What in the world went wrong? How did a fitness guru collapse in a New York City gym and then end up in a hospital's intensive care unit? Well, there's something in his past that might provide a clue as to why he had suffered from this potentially deadly medical problem.
Bob had a secret confession to make to his fans - it was something he didn't want to admit to. Yet, given all the media exposure surrounding his close brush with death, he had no choice but to fess up!
The medical debate about environment versus genetics has been going on for decades. In Bob Harper's case, he claims that his heart attack is actually due to genetics. That would certainly explain why a lean and fit man could still become the victim of cardiovascular disease!
The TV host also confessed that when his mother passed away several years ago, it was actually due to a heart attack.
In his book, Are You Ready!, Bob said that his mildly overweight mother had a fatal heart attack on Christmas Eve, shortly after the first season of 'The Biggest Loser' was wrapping up.
"I had never imagined before that my mother, of all people, could develop heart disease. At seventy years of age, my mother was mildly overweight, with an extra roll or two around her middle - a telltale sign, I was soon to learn, that she had a propensity for heart disease."
The build-up of fat and cholesterol in the arteries don't necessarily come with warning signs, which is likely why Bob never suspected that anything was wrong.
Cedars-Sinai cardiologist Prediman K. Shah agrees that outward health doesn't necessarily mean that you're healthy on the inside, too.
"Physical fitness and a heart healthy diet don't confer immortality."
Dr. Shah also says that most young heart attack patients aren't properly screened for underlying coronary heart disease. Even if you think you're healthy, a family history of heart attacks is a good reason to get an early screening.
Thankfully, Bob is recovering nicely from his ordeal, and has even posted updates on his Instagram page showing that he's still tougher than steel!
"Well I guess you all heard what happened. Two weeks ago yesterday I had a heart attack. I am feeling better. Just taking it easy."
In all likelihood, it was probably his overall healthy lifestyle that allowed him to recover so quickly.
Watch this video to find out more about Bob Harper's heart attack.
I never saw this coming considering his health. Thankfully, Bob is recovering nicely from his medical scare. It does seems somewhat confusing, but I guess it just goes to show that you can't really gauge your health based on outward appearances.