Second Chances: How I’m Advocating for and Connecting Heart Attack Survivors Virtually

"Since my heart attack, I’ve found my voice as a heart health advocate through my partnership with Survivors Have Heart. I’m using my second chance to help others by sharing my story." - Bob Harper

When I teamed up with AstraZeneca to launch Survivors Have Heart in 2017, we knew that we were onto something special, but I don’t think we truly understood the impact that our message would have.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come from our first event with five heart attack survivors in New York City. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many incredible survivors and their loved ones, hear their inspiring stories, and share our experiences with millions of people across the country. In these past three years, I’ve even evolved in my own survivor journey – overcoming my fears and adapting my routines – and now I’m in a place where I can focus my personal mission on advocating for heart health to help people who are about to go through exactly what I did.

When this year started, we were gearing up for additional events, bringing together more survivors to encourage and empower them throughout their emotional and physical recovery post heart attack. Then, COVID-19 changed everything.

I know firsthand that during these challenging health times it’s vital for our survivor community to come together and inspire others to use their second chances and help build our community. That’s why we’re taking Survivors Have Heart virtual and reminding survivors of the importance of partnering with their healthcare team to understand the warning signs of another heart attack, seeking emergency room care during the pandemic if needed, and creating a treatment plan to keep up with heart-healthy habits while at home.  

You can get involved by joining us online:

  • Tune in for live social events on my channels focused on heart healthy content like meditation techniques and the importance of community connection for survivors.
  • Add your own heartfelt survivor story to the growing community on SurvivorsHaveHeart.com.
  • Visit our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Instagram handle to connect and encourage others throughout their recovery journey.

Life after a heart attack can be frightening, but it’s also an opportunity to lean on a support community like Survivors Have Heart. Despite physically being apart this year, I know that we will continue to help so many survivors on their journey after a heart attack – and that I’m proud of.