‘Biggest Loser’ Star Bob Harper Admits He’s Going Through Depression After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

“I’m still kickin’!”

Nearly two months after surviving what doctors have called a “widowmaker” heart attack, Bob Harper is still struggling to get back to his normal self.

The Biggest Loser trainer recently appeared on the Today Show to discuss the massive heart attack he suffered in February, and its aftermath.

“It’s been hard,” he said on Tuesday’s show. “I am going through some depression. You really face your mortality. And I’m really understanding what’s not important and what’s really important in life.”

Bob revealed that his heart attack was even more serious than it had originally been reported. He stated that the type of heart attack he had often leads to sudden death.

“It was a 6 percent survival rate,” Bob said, “I was in full cardiac arrest. My heart stopped. Not to be dramatic, but I was dead. I was on that ground dead.”

Bob said he’s only alive today because two doctors who happened to be in the gym at the time of his heart attack saved his life.

“I was so lucky. Thank God,” he said. “They started performing CPR on me, they pulled out the AEDs and used that on my twice before the paramedics got there super quick and they jolting me one more time. The fact that there were doctors in the gym when I had the heart attack saved my life.”

The heart attack left Bob in a coma for two days. When he awoke, he says he had no recollection of what had happened to him.

Bob said that, like many ‘Biggest Loser’ fans, he was surprised that someone as healthy and fit as he is could have such a massive heart attack at age 51. Still, he recognizes that sometimes he may have pushed himself too hard.

“It was hugely shocking to me,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned a lot about the fact that genetics does play a part in this. It is so important to know your health.”

Ultimately, Bob says he wishes he listened to his body more.

“I’m a guy that lives a very healthy lifestyle, very regimented — I work out all the time,” he said. “But there were things that were going on in my body that I needed to be more aware of. Before the heart attack I was having dizzy spells, and maybe I should have taken that more seriously. It’s been a huge wake-up call for me.”

He hopes that his fans will learn from his mistakes.

“I strongly encourage anyone that’s listening right now to go to the doctor, get your cholesterol checked, see what’s going on in the inside so it doesn’t happen to you what happened to me.”

Watch Bob’s interview with the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie below:

(Photo: NBC)

4 Responses

  1. Understandable. It’s a traumatic event followed by major life change. I work with cancer and organ transplant patients, and we see this every day. It’s great that he is talking about it and is getting help. Many patients never find the courage.

  2. Bob was a born loser to think he could win against genetics. Genetics always wins out in the end. Depressing? Yeah, you bet your life it is. He’s learned a lesson with no upside, whatsoever. Heartbreaking ultimately, with a couple of freight train loads of tragic thrown in for good measure. Poor Bob, help pray him some better.

  3. Something like this makes you think about your own mortality. Life is short and fleeting. I am glad that he is here today thanks to quick thinking people around him. He is surrounded by fans who love him and wish him well.

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