Returning to Competitive Dog Agility After Surviving a Cardiac Arrest

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Markus Lindgren, my first Swedish guest on this show, shares his recent experience of surviving a cardiac arrest and the impact it has had on his life in this podcast episode. Having survived it only 8 weeks prior to recording, it’s all pretty fresh. Yet, the way Markus approaches it all, and has returned to competitive dog agility (more of that in the episode), is truly inspiring.

Timestamps of this episode:

  • Intro 00:00
  • Markus Lindgren’s cardiac arrest experience 02:35
  • The actions taken to save Markus’ Life 08:51
  • The emotional impact of sharing the cardiac arrest story 13:58
  • The Impact of the stroke on Markus’s recovery 19:17
  • Support the Heart Warrior Project 23:41
  • Markus’ remarkable return to dog agility competitions 25:26
  • Confronting death and embracing fearlessness 35:55
  • Continuing tests and check-ups 42:02
  • Feeling deep gratitude for still being alive 45:18
  • Living with an ICD and finding good information about it 51:40
  • What is hard to communicate to the people around him 58:13
  • A last piece of advice Markus has for other survivors 01:06:51
  • Outro 01:09:22
  • Get Involved 1:10:45

Note that The Heart Warrior Project is run by one guy, which is, yes, me.

Like most people, I have bills to pay.

If you have found or come to find anything helpful or insightful here on the website, please consider supporting The Heart Warrior Project.

If you are a survivor, I would recommend buying one of our heart warrior t-shirts,  hoodies, mugs, —or all of them!

These designs are collaborations with artists I personally know.

Both the t-shirt, hoodie, and mug are made from durable and high-quality materials, and don’t they look stunning?! Of course, these are just suggestions, but I do not think you will regret having them.

I personally love wearing the t-shirt and hoodie myself. And I always drink my daily coffee out of my Heart Warrior mug.

If the t-shirt, hoodie, or mug don’t speak to you, there are a few other ways to support The Heart Warrior Project:

  • BUY ME A COFFEE: If you think I deserve a coffee for the work I put into this project, you can support me with a virtual coffee on Ko-fi. What will I do with the proceeds? Well, due to my heart disease, I won’t be enjoying a cup myself. Instead, I’ll channel the funds into further project development. Anything, even as little as €2, can help me to keep this project alive.
  • AFFILIATE LINKS: If there are any links to a product mentioned in an article or podcast episode and you are interested in buying it, consider doing so through the provided link. Likely, it will be an affiliate link. What is an affiliate link, you ask? Basically, it is a link where I could earn a small commission if someone buys the product through that link. Buying through this link will not cost you anything extra.
  • SPREAD THE WORD: If you like what I am doing here, you could always simply spread the word about this project to anyone you think might benefit. It would help a lot.

Choosing any of these ways to support this project will truly help me a lot in putting out more content and building The Heart Warrior Project further.

Many thanks, 


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