Before having his massive "widow-maker" heart attack that left him in a medically-induced two-day coma in February, Bob Harper says he ignored warning signs of a heart attack.
On Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the fitness guru and former Biggest Loser trainer says he regrets overlooking the red flags his body was sending long before the heart attack occurred.
“I fainted one time in the gym,” the 51-year-old trainer said. “I started having these dizzy spells. And I just kind of overlooked them and just adapted. Which is the dumbest thing — I kick myself over and over again about it.”
Harper had just finished a workout session on February 12 when he collapsed.
"I was in full cardiac arrest,'' he told Savannah Guthrie on the Today show. "My heart stopped. Not to be dramatic, but I was dead. I was on that ground dead."
"I had what they call a 'widow-maker,'" he said. "It was a 6 percent survival rate, and the fact that there were doctors in the gym when I had the heart attack saved my life."
Since then, Harper has been on the road to recovery. He's changed his diet to more of a heart-healthy Mediterranean style (think: grains, veggies, fish) and he's been forced to cut down on intense exercise.
"I will never work out in a gym that doesn’t have people that are certified with CPR and that don’t have AEDs," Harper said. "I want to go and make it a law in all 50 states that they should have that."