Cardiac Arrest Survivor, Alan Owen: Dealing with Fatigue, Appreciating Life, and Much More

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Alan Owen had a cardiac arrest while playing walking football. Luckily, an ex-police and military officer on the field knew what to do and started performing CPR on him while two helicopters flew in to provide further support to Alan. All of this was unfolding right before the eyes of his teenage son.

Timestamps of this episode:

  • Intro 00:0002:40
  • How Alan had a cardiac arrest 02:4007:06
  • Why Alan had a cardiac arrest 07:0610:31
  • Dealing with the side effects of medication and living with an ICD 10:3113:38
  • Talking with your loved ones about what has happened 13:3816:28
  • Dealing with fatigue 16:2719:12
  • The aftermath of cardiac arrest with family, friends, and those who saved us 19:1225:02
  • Alan’s book about his recovery journey.
  • The importance of giving meaning 25:0227:20
  • Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone 27:2031:31
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project 31:3133:16
  • The insane fatigue survivors often deal with 33:1637:40
  • The trauma our body went through 37:4041:06
  • Looking fine from the outside, but struggling within 41:0644:19
  • What Alan wished his cardiologist would have told him sooner 44:1946:40
  • The importance of a support group 46:4051:05
  • The fear of getting a shock from your ICD 51:0557:36
  • What helps Alan to cope with the tough moments 57:361:02:42
  • The things that are still difficult to communicate to the people in Alan’s life 1:02:421:07:37
  • You nor your family will ever forget the event of surviving a cardiac arrest 1:07:371:10:23
  • Patience is key 1:10:231:16:50
  • End 1:16:501:17:35
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project 1:17:351:18:35

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 either a Heart Warrior t-shirt or a Heart Warrior mug—or both!

I, together with an illustrator, created the design for them (and we’re working on more cool designs to come). 

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

I personally love wearing the t-shirt myself. And I drink my coffee every day out of my Heart Warrior mug

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

  • DONATIONS: The project accepts donations. Anything, even as little as 1 dollar, can help me 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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    Hey, Jellis here.

    Together with Eva Mpatshi, a very talented Belgian artist who has been my go-to tattoo artist for years, we made a new incredibly stunning, awesome-looking design for our mugs!

    Want to get your own heart warrior mug (and why wouldn’t you!)? By clicking on the button you’ll be taken to the page to select which color you would like.