"The Biggest Loser" Trainer Opens Up About Struggling After Near-Fatal Health Scare

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Personal trainer and The Biggest Loser star Bob Harper is the last person you would expect to suffer from a cardiac problem, but earlier this year, he woke up in a hospital bed after experiencing a heart attack.

This past February, the 52-year-old fitness guru was at a New York City gym when he suffered a heart attack. Doctors later revealed that it was caused by high levels of Lipoprotein(a) in his blood. Harper inherited the genetic condition from his mother, whose untimely death was caused by a heart attack.


Harper credited two doctors who were at the gym for saving his life, and chronicled his road to recovery on social media. The host completed cardiac rehab a few months after his hospitalization, and was able to resume working out.

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“Yesterday was a BIG DAY in my recovery from my heart attack. I finished my cardiac rehab,” Harper captioned an Instagram post. "It has been super important to me and also HUMBLING. All the support that I’ve been getting from all my IG friends helped me when it was tough so THANK YOU for all the love and support. 🖤🖤 #heartattacksurvivor."

Ten months after his near-fatal scare, Harper is once again opening up about life after a heart attack and the toll it took on his mental health.

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