26 episodes

A Big Heart is a podcast about living with heart disease. When Mike Papale was 17 years old he was seemingly healthy and being recruited to play basketball in college. On August 24, 2006, while working at a basketball camp, Mike slumped over and went into sudden cardiac arrest. There was no AED on site and doctors have said his chances of survival were one in a million. He was later diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Mike is currently the President & CEO of In A Heartbeat, a nonprofit organization with the mission to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest. This podcast will dissect the physical and emotional obstacles that a patient endures while living with heart disease. The goal is to help heart disease patients of all ages live a long and normal life!

A Big Heart Mike Papale

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

A Big Heart is a podcast about living with heart disease. When Mike Papale was 17 years old he was seemingly healthy and being recruited to play basketball in college. On August 24, 2006, while working at a basketball camp, Mike slumped over and went into sudden cardiac arrest. There was no AED on site and doctors have said his chances of survival were one in a million. He was later diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Mike is currently the President & CEO of In A Heartbeat, a nonprofit organization with the mission to prevent death from sudden cardiac arrest. This podcast will dissect the physical and emotional obstacles that a patient endures while living with heart disease. The goal is to help heart disease patients of all ages live a long and normal life!

    Heart Disease Patient: Tamar Gevorkian

    Heart Disease Patient: Tamar Gevorkian

    Welcome to "A Big Heart," the podcast that shares inspiring stories of resilience, courage, and the power of the human spirit. In each episode, we dive deep into the lives of individuals who have faced incredible challenges and emerged stronger than ever. Join us as we explore the transformative journey of Tamar Gevorkian, a true embodiment of courage and compassion.

    In this episode, we have the honor of sitting down with Tamar Gevorkian, a remarkable individual who defied all odds in her battle against Shones Complex, an exceedingly rare heart disease. Tamar's journey began just six months after her birth when she was diagnosed with this complex condition. Despite the daunting prognosis, Tamar's indomitable spirit and unwavering determination led her through a myriad of setbacks and health scares.

    Tamar's journey took an incredible turn, shifting from a patient to a beacon of hope. Now a dedicated nurse, she devotes her life to caring for young patients who, like her, are facing challenging health conditions. Tamar's unique perspective, having experienced the struggles of a patient firsthand, allows her to connect with her patients on a level that goes beyond medical expertise. Her story is not only one of survival but of transformation, as she uses her experiences to positively impact the lives of those in her care.

    Join us as we delve into Tamar's incredible narrative of overcoming adversity, finding purpose in pain, and cultivating a big heart filled with empathy and compassion. Through her story, we uncover the strength that resides within us all and the profound impact a single individual can have on the world.

    "A Big Heart" invites you to share in Tamar Gevorkian's journey and reflect on the power of the human spirit to rise above life's challenges. Tune in to this episode to witness the triumph of resilience and the embodiment of a heart that has grown even bigger through the trials it has endured.

    Subscribe now to "A Big Heart" and be inspired by stories that remind us all that, no matter the odds, the human spirit is capable of remarkable transformation and boundless compassion.


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    • 30 min
    Heart Transplant Recipient & Cardiologist: Dr. Colby Salerno

    Heart Transplant Recipient & Cardiologist: Dr. Colby Salerno

    In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Colby Salerno, an extraordinary individual who has not only overcome personal health challenges but is also on the path to becoming a renowned cardiologist.

    Dr. Colby Salerno's journey began in middle school when he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a rare heart condition that threatened to restrict his dreams and passions. Against all odds, Colby refused to let his diagnosis define him and embarked on an inspiring quest to reclaim his life.

    Through raw and candid conversations, Dr. Colby Salerno takes us on an emotional rollercoaster as he shares the highs and lows of his battle with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. From the initial shock of diagnosis to the arduous decision of receiving a life-saving heart transplant, Colby's determination and unwavering positivity shine through every step of the way.

    Discover how Colby's personal experiences as a patient have influenced his career path, propelling him to pursue his passion for cardiology and make a difference in the lives of others.

    Dr. Salerno is also the co-host of Both Sides of the Stethoscope, a podcast that discusses the unique view of medicine from both the perspective of physicians as well as the perspective as patients. Click here to listen.

    Click here to follow Dr. Salerno's journey on Instagram.


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    • 38 min
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Julieta Valdes & her sister Patty Valdes

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Julieta Valdes & her sister Patty Valdes

    In the compelling podcast series "A Big Heart," join us as we dive into the extraordinary story of Julieta Valdes and her sister Patty Valdes. In one fateful moment, Julieta's life changed forever when she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while working out alongside Patty on that unforgettable day, May 3, 2020.

    In this episode, we sit down with Julieta and Patty to explore the depths of their experience, from the life Julieta led before the sudden cardiac arrest to the physical and emotional obstacles she has faced on her road to recovery. As we navigate through their inspiring journey, we gain a profound understanding of the human spirit's resilience and the power of love and support in the face of adversity.

    Julieta's sudden cardiac arrest not only challenged her physically but also tested the strength and endurance of Patty, who bravely stood by her sister's side. We delve into the complexities of the trauma Patty endured as she watched her beloved sister fight for her life, exploring the emotions, challenges, and unwavering determination that propelled her forward.

    Throughout the conversation, we explore the incredible bond shared between Julieta and Patty, highlighting the unconditional love and unwavering support that has served as their foundation. Their story serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human heart and the remarkable strength that lies within each of us.

    Join us on "A Big Heart" as we embark on this poignant exploration of resilience, hope, and the power of familial love. Be inspired by Julieta and Patty's incredible journey as they overcome adversity, face their fears, and emerge stronger than ever. Through their story, we learn valuable lessons about the importance of cherishing each day and appreciating the profound impact we can have on one another's lives.

    Subscribe to "A Big Heart" now and join us for this transformative and heartwarming podcast experience. Get ready to be moved, inspired, and reminded of the extraordinary strength that resides within every beating heart.


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    • 38 min
    Tori Geiger

    Tori Geiger

    In this episode we sit down with Tori Geiger. Tori is a heart disease patient, former athlete, entrepreneur, and the author of From Vulnerable to Victorious: Turning Your Chronic Illness Into Your Victory Story. Click here to learn more about all of the awesome work Tori is doing.


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    • 23 min
    Too Many Young People Are Dying From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    Too Many Young People Are Dying From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    I am frustrated. We are losing too many young people to sudden cardiac arrest. In the last 4 days, I have ready stories about 4 kids under the age of 18 who have died. We need to do better. We need to do more to prevent this from happening. CPR and AEDs are not enough. Young people should be getting electrocardiograms to test their hearts.  23,000 youth are affected each year by sudden cardiac arrest. 1 in 300 youth is walking around with an undiagnosed heart condition (a ticking time bomb). Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death on school campuses. We cannot be reactive and create change when we lose a life. We need to be proactive and act NOW!


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    • 16 min
    Rob Gentile - Heart Attack Survivor, Heart Transplant Survivor & Author

    Rob Gentile - Heart Attack Survivor, Heart Transplant Survivor & Author

    In this episode, we sit down with Rob Gentile and hear his amazing story. Rob is a heart attack survivor and a heart transplant survivor. He is also the author of "Quarks of Light," a book about his near death experience and what he saw that opened his heart. To learn more about Rob and purchase his book, visit https://robagentile.com/. 


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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Evan Ernst ,

Mike is pure gold

Few people I have met in my life who are more kind and committed to the mission of saving lives.

Bob Smith @aortic_adventure ,

Awesome Conversation

Well done Mike. It was great talking to you and I love all of your episodes. Keep up the great, meaningful work! -Bob

alhandgmh ,

Worth your time

Awesome, informative podcast that helps spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and HCM

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