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!
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.
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!
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/.
Tess Kossow - Cardiac Arrest Survivor, Author, & Advocate
In this episode we hear the inspiring life story of Tess Kossow. Tess suffered sudden cardiac arrest on October 10, 2020 and was very lucky to survive. She also is the author of the I'm Very Ferris series, a children's book that opens the conversation of IVF to children. She has more books coming out soon, is launching a podcast, and is an advocate for the American Heart Association! To learn more about Tess or to purchase her books, visit https://tesskossow.com.
Book Release: A Big Heart
In this episode we announce the exciting news that my memoir, A Big Heart is currently available for pre-order. Visit www.abigheartbook.com to place your order!
Here is the book description:
As a teen, Mike Papale had one dream: to play college basketball. He was laser-focused—training like an Olympic hopeful to make his dream reality. Out of nowhere, his world changed. August 24, 2006, while coaching a summer camp basketball game, he slumped over, unresponsive, turning blue within minutes. He was 17, and had gone into cardiac arrest. With no AED on site, he was given a one in a million chance to survive.
He was soon diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or HCM, which, left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. At the time, he was crushed—processing the life-altering news he would never be able to play competitive basketball again. He quickly realized he was fortunate to be alive, and redefined his life’s purpose.
A Big Heart brings the reader on Mike’s story of reinvention, hope, and survival. It is guaranteed to inspire readers to battle adversity and live their BEST life!
My Surgery Last Week
I had surgery last Thursday, August 12, to replace the generator in my Boston Scientific ICD. In this episode, we talk about my experience with surgery from leading up to the day, the actual surgery, and recovery.
Well done Mike. It was great talking to you and I love all of your episodes. Keep up the great, meaningful work! -Bob
Worth your time
Awesome, informative podcast that helps spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and HCM
Amazing story and a MUST listen for anyone who is suffering from heart disease, those who want to hear an inspiring story or someone who wants to hear a great speaker tell his story of living with a health complication. Spread the word!