How Life Has Been 11 Years Later After My Cardiac Arrest | Joke Gysel

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About 11 years ago, Joke Gysel, a Belgian dentist, suffered a cardiac arrest while riding her bicycle with her daughter. This led her to restart BIPIB, a nonprofit organization in Belgium that helps provide information about pacemakers and ICDs.

Here, in this episode, Joke shares her story on what life has been like these past 11 years since her cardiac arrest.

Timestamps of this episode:

  • Intro 00:0001:49
  • Joke’s Cardiac Arrest Story 01:5015:52
  • The Potential Cause of Joke’s Cardiac Arrest: The Story of her Brave Little Niece 15:5327:19
  • A Family of Heart Warriors: Careful Screening Saves Lives 27:2029:33
  • Joke’s Life Today: Managing Stress and Emotional Well-being 29:3335:58
  • Support The Heart Warrior Project 35:5837:50
  • The Role of Cardiologists and Mental Health Professionals 37:5040:01
  • The Importance of Rehabilitation Programs 40:0143:55
  • Balancing Medication and Quality of Life 43:5546:44
  • Restarting BIPIB: A Nonprofit for ICD and Pacemaker Wearers 46:4452:04
  • Allowing Feelings and Trusting the Process 52:0401:00:48
  • Outro 01:00:4801:01:59
  • Support The Hear Warrior Project 01:01:59 01:03:34


  • Belgische ICD-patiëntenvereniging (BIPIB) (BIPIB (Belgische ICD Patiënten – Patients ICD Belges) werd in oktober 2008 opgericht. Deze vzw met een ledenbestand van patiënten, cardiologen, afgevaardigden van de medische industrie of sympathisanten, stelt zich tot doel om patiënten die met een defibrillator leven, de best mogelijke steun te geven.)

People Mentioned:

  • Christian Eriksen (During a UEFA Euro 2020 match on 12 June 2021, Eriksen collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest; he was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was later fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. He returned to football eight months later with a move to Premier League club Brentford, before transferring to Manchester United the following season.)

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:

  • 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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