Stressed Out? Look Out For A Heart Attack with Scott Mehlman

AIH 38 | Heart Attack

 

Stress has been considered by many as a silent killer, be it emotional or physical. In the physical aspect, it is one of the most significant contributing risk factors of a heart attack. Don’t let stress take you out as Scott Mehlman shares his story of how the “widowmaker” was knocking on his door. Walking us through his near-death experience, Scott imparts the lessons he learned after his successful surgery, one of which is to shift his perspective to reduce the stress he had built in his life. Providing insights from his recovery, Scott also talks about the side effects of the drugs he took as well as some stress management practices.

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Stressed Out? Look Out For A Heart Attack with Scott Mehlman

We’re going to talk a little bit about what we’ve been up to. In April of 2019, Sean and I are doing a sobriety month, a detox, cleanse, no coffee, no cannabis and no dairy.

No sugar and no alcohol.

No processed foods.

It’s challenging. You’re going through some headaches at the moment.

I had a vicious headache.

That from having no caffeine and no coffee but you’re doing great and as everyone says, your cooking makes it that much better for me. Because you can cook in a way that a chef to table, I call it your artistry in your cooking with the team here is awesome. I don’t even miss any of that because I don’t need it. I’m not addicted as much as I thought I would be.

I agree with that and I also think every once in a while it’s good to once or twice a year take a month where you wipe the slate clean and you get down to finding who you are without any of the distractions. In my mind, coffee is a distraction. I don’t know if anyone else perceives it that way, but in my mind coffee is a distraction from feeling the way you feel because it amps you up and super charges you.

It’s expensive too. Let’s call a spade a spade. You go to Starbucks three times a week. That’s $15 a week or $16 a week, times that by 4.3. It’s $50, you’re spending a month in coffee, going to Starbucks. I know you can make your own pot but everyone loves to get out and go, “I’ll run by Starbucks.” How much time is that taking from you and what are you putting into your system?

I don’t know. I don’t go to Starbucks. I can’t tell you that.

I’m excited about this episode because I’m introducing one of my best friends in the whole world. He’s somebody who I consider an all-around great guy but a mentor. He’s taught me many things and a couple I’ll rattle out to you is that, “Take your head out of the sand, Sean.” What he means by all that is take your head out of the sand and look around and see what’s going on and get face-to-face with what you’re overwhelmed with or what the problems are. The problems are not necessarily problems. They are challenges and there are solutions with everything. Scott, without going too in-depth, is one of my phone-calls away when I need some help with business or something that I’m stuck with, relationship-wise or anything. I run it by him because he knows, he’s grounded and he’s had his challenges too. He’s not perfect by any means but you learn through wisdom and you learn through experience. Scott and I grew up in the same block together and we’d been friends for many years.

We reunited after all this time because of what happened to him and what happened to me. He is someone that I can phone to and say, “What do you think about this? What do you think about that?” Even with this show, he’s coaching me. I recommend everybody out there, ask for help because you can’t do it alone. I think the biggest thing that that we face in society is that we’re afraid to ask for help. Our ego will get involved and we don’t want to deal with it. We don’t want to look bad and a guy like Scott Mehlman and another gentleman who is part of our team named Thai Starkovich who is a sniper, I’ll have moments of complete panic or anxiety and I’ll call Thai and he’ll help me through it because he’s been through the same thing with PTSD as well as me. You want to find these people who you connect to and who you relate to.

What you’re jumping at is that it’s important to have someone in your life that you can count on in a moment of need so you don’t feel alone and isolated and you’re trying to take on the world by yourself. That thread has come up throughout the episodes we’ve done and the community, loved ones, family and friends are so vital to the healing process. They help us when we fall down. Falling down and getting back up by yourself is not as fun as falling down and having someone take your hand and pick you back up again.

It’s impossible and I don’t think anything’s impossible. Trust me, I believe in the Adidas quote, “Impossible is nothing,” but it is very hard and difficult to do things alone. Especially when you get knocked down as much as we have. This show and this community is about lending the advice and the hope to people out there. We’re looking to build the community through me, Taylor, Thai, Gloria, Nick and even Scotty about people who’ve been through some crazy stuff. We’re here to support you and that’s why it’s so important for people to subscribe to our show and join our email campaign. What Taylor offers in his eleven tips in eleven days and he comes right into your email box for free is amazing. Everything from meditation to breath work to what we’re eating and what we’re doing. He’s decided to take it upon himself to open up his knowledge and it’s working. If you don’t believe me, you can ask Thai Starkovich. He’s on the show and here now and he’s doing it too. He’s a fourteen-year veteran who’s put himself through God knows everything and he’s feeling wonders. What we’re talking about this detox and everything else is awesome.

Speaking of Thai, I’m very fortunate that he was letting me make him a guinea pig. He’s been so great because he’s been, “Let me try it out.” I put him on The Gift first which is a mineral supplement. He said, “I’ve been having digestion issues and low-grade headaches for as long as I can remember.” He said within a week of taking this one mineral supplement, he was able to no longer have any digestive issues and his headaches are gone. Which to me is this incredible validation of when we give our body these foundational elements, when our body has everything it needs, it’s going to take care of us. It’s going to put us in a state of balance. What I did was I put together all of my years of experience and I distilled it down into eleven tips that create a foundation of health. From that foundation you can go do everything you want. If you don’t have that foundation, your body is going to be cutting corners and it’s going to be struggling to make healthy new cells. It is going to be struggling to keep you in a state of balance. When we give our body all those resources, it’s going to put us right in that state balance.

This show is not just for people who have been through traumatic events but you’ve been taught to train people to hit their peak performance, to maximize their body and to go above and beyond. From athletes going to college, college to the pros. You’ve taken people from all stance of life and make them better and that’s what’s so cool.

On a core level, we’re all the same and if you distill everything down far enough, there’s a foundational level where as human beings, we all need the same stuff and that’s what these tips are about is. What are the core foundational elements of existing as a human being? How can we easily get those into our life? How can we commit to getting those into our life? From that, do whatever we want to do. I’ll transition here. You mentioned earlier that community is important and we’re helping to build that community. That transitions right into our show’s five-star review and it says, “Awesome Show.”

Sean and Taylor, I had three major strokes in April of 2017, right cerebellum, right pons and right midbrain, from an infection in my heart. I was 43 at the time and I thought my life was over. Enter your show, you have inspired me to be the best me that I can be. Just because I had a stroke doesn’t mean my life is over. It’ll take patience and consistency and a show like yours. I have a very long way to go but I’m determined to get there. Thanks guys for the awesome show.” That’s from SNHeim user. Touching on exactly what we were talking about which is, it takes a village and you can’t do it alone.

It takes a team and a guy like Scott Mehlman out there who’s built successful companies. He is a father and he is one of the best friends I know. If I put Scott up in office as Mayor, Governor or President of the United States, he’ll never do it. He has that honesty and that real person and that authenticity. Let’s bring Scott on now and get him going.

Welcome to the show, Scott. How are you doing?

I’m doing good, Taylor, how are you?

I’m excellent. Seany?

I’m great.

It would be a fun day. We got Scott here in the flesh. We don’t always have people in the flesh. Sometimes we’re doing remote interviews. It’s definitely a little bit more intimate here around the table when we have someone live in person.

We grew up together too.

Tell us how you guys know each other.

I’ll let Scotty start with that. You go, Scott.

I said this a few times since we reconnected a couple of years ago. In the late ’70s, the hills of Tarzana, what everyone used to refer to as Braemar. Our family started moving South of the boulevard. We grew up there in the hills on a cul-de-sac. It was your late 1970s, early 1980s neighborhood where we all came home from school. We did our homework and there was nothing else to do but go outside and play. That’s what we did every day after homework. It didn’t matter what season it was, what sport we played. We always came up with something whether we had a ball, a bat, a rock or a stick.

AIH 38 | Heart Attack
Heart Attack: It’s important to have someone in your life that you can count on in a moment of need so that you don’t feel alone and isolated.

 

There was always something to do. We played over the line. I remember we would play baseball with a tennis ball. I would wind up hurting my arm but I didn’t care because I had to throw it hard knowing that I was doing damage and that I would have a real Little League game the next day, but it didn’t matter. You played at the moment. I left the block first and it was 1982 or 1983. We moved out and we didn’t see each other until 2015. We saw each other after Sean’s stroke and after my heart attack. It had to be after 2014.

You reconnected after some life-altering events. We know all about Sean Entin, now let’s talk about Scott Mehlman. You mentioned you had a heart attack.

I had a heart attack out of the blue. It started the night before Thanksgiving in 2014 and the actual heart attack was Thanksgiving morning of 2014. I had a completely blocked left aortic descending artery which is also known as the widow maker.

That’s the one that people don’t always come back from is what you’re saying.

Correct, and Sean tells me over and over again since we’ve reconnected a few years ago, how lucky I am. How I’ve had such a life-altering experience. How I was born again, not in a religious way. It’s weird to me because the entire event is so surreal. It almost felt it never happened. Sometimes I have to put myself in check.

Like it was a dream in a way?

It’s like, “That couldn’t happen to me.” The way I feel now and how I am in my life and I don’t feel anything because of it. I have five pieces of metal in my heart. I don’t feel it at all. I have a little piece of paper, I have to carry it with me everywhere showing that I do have these five pieces in case something happens. I noticed that I have a lot of static cling on my clothes.

Tell us the whole story of your experience going through the whole ordeal.

I had a lot of stress going on in my life and I’m the first person to say stress is relative but my stress for me was at an all-time high. I couldn’t catch a break. Every single day, I was causing myself to stress out. It was the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving and no matter how old we get, the night before Thanksgiving is always a deal. You had people in from out of town or you’re doing something and getting ready for the next day or the next morning with your kids, without your kids. I had my cousin from the Bay Area down with his wife and he had two kids. My daughter at the time was thirteen and I had a newborn. He was only four months old and everyone was at my house. I bought a new house at the time. It was about half furnished and we were all hanging out having a good time. The kids were playing with each other. I was holding the baby and it was 5:00 on the nose and I broke into a sweat. I felt like a basketball being deflated.

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It was almost like gravity was pulling me down. I felt deflated, I felt very weak and I was holding my little son and I handed it to my cousin. I said, “You got to take the baby.” He looked at me. What he told me was I was as white as a ghost. I was sweating and he looked at me like, “What is wrong?” I looked at him and I said, “I have no idea.“ I ran over to the refrigerator. I grabbed some orange juice to spike my blood sugar. I had a nanny at the time who helped me with the baby and she looked at me and she said, “You better be careful if you don’t control your stress. You’re going to have a heart attack.” Little did she know, I was having one.

That’s interesting that she said that at the moment. It’s one of those moments you look back on. It’s that irony.

Looking back, people talk about women’s intuition, they got it. I was doing as I always did. I try to put it somewhere way in the back of my head. No, it’ll pass. Nothing will ever happen. A couple of months before that and two days before that, I had a couple of episodes that I knew something was wrong and I didn’t tell anybody. I was on the treadmill at the gym two days before and I felt knives going into my chest for about ten seconds. I’m like, “That was weird. That will pass,” and it never came up so I didn’t do anything about it. I took my baby back to his mother’s house that evening, that Wednesday, and went over to my brother’s house for a family dinner where my cousin went with his kids and we all met at my brother’s house.

When I walked into my brother’s house, I’ll never forget, my cousin looked at me and he mouthed, “What’s wrong? Are you okay?” I looked at him with my eyes real big and I mouthed back to him. “I don’t know.” Then I looked at him and I said, “Don’t tell my mom anything” because she is going to freak out if I tell her what’s going on. I had some dinner and to get my mind off things, I decided to say, “What can I do tonight to try to zone out and get away from everything going on in my life?” It was Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and I decided to go to Best Buy and look at all the black Friday deals that they were showing off. I’m walking around Best Buy every minute, having a minor attack because my chest was killing me and I didn’t do anything about it. I decided to go home.

On a scale of one to ten, how much physical pain are you feeling on that?

Knowing what the full heart attack felt at a ten, I was probably at a seven, but they were waves. It would come for maybe five to ten seconds, then go away for fifteen to twenty minutes and then it would attack me again and you would feel it. You would feel the wave coming on and it would go up and down. I got home. I fell asleep and at 1:00 in the morning I woke up in agony. I walked around my house. I got some water and fell asleep again and at 4:00 in the morning I woke up sitting up, hugging myself, rocking and crying.

That’s when I said, “I can’t do this anymore.” I called one of my good friends. Looking back, I’m thinking, “What the hell is he going to do?” I called him and his phone rang out and went to his voicemail and that’s when I broke down and called 911. That’s when I gave up the control that I thought I had. I don’t even know if it’s ego. It was, “Nothing serious could be happening to me. I’m 43, what could be happening?” I say in our age, we’re not used to what an involuntary muscle could do to your body. We know that if you bang your head into something, it’s going to hurt but that was the physical doing of hurting your head not an involuntary muscle taking over and it hurts. I called 911. They went into the whole what I should do, go downstairs and unlock the door.

Tell us the full story though with the operator. It’s a little bit of lightheartedness in the middle of having a heart attack.

I called 911 and the operator was fantastic. I wish I could see him to this day to give him a hug. I told him what was happening. I said I’m a 43-year-old male, my chest is killing me. I might be having a heart attack. He said okay. He goes, “I’m going to talk to you now until the ambulance comes. I’ve already pressed the button and they’re on their way.” We can get back to that because I asked later on what pressing the button mean aside from the ambulance, it’s fascinating. The ambulance was coming and he said, “Are you upstairs or downstairs?” I said I’m upstairs. He said to go downstairs. He said, “Is your front door unlocked or locked? I said it’s locked. He said, “Go unlock it. Now, I want you to go sit somewhere where when they walk in the front door they could see you.”

AIH 38 | Heart Attack
Heart Attack: If you don’t control your stress, you’re going to have a heart attack.

 

I said to him, “Why? In case I pass out?” He said, “That’s exactly why. At least your head is still here with me. You’re thinking and you’re processing all this.” A funny part of the story. I told him I’ve just purchased the house I’m in and I’m living in a quiet neighborhood. I said to him, “Please cut the siren when they come to the neighborhood.” As soon as I said that he said, “No. Now, go downstairs.” We heard the siren and that’s when he said, “You’re in good hands and good luck with everything.” I forgot what his last words were. In came four dudes and I was on the stretcher in the ambulance within two minutes.

It’s down to a science. I’ll say something here. The reason why they said, “Are you within access” is because if you aren’t, they would have sent a full engine with the engineers to crank open your front door and then get you out. That’s why you see engines with the paramedic, they’re there to open up and get to you immediately because most of the time you’re trapped behind something and say, “My husband or my wife passed out in the bathroom and the door is locked.” They’ll come in and they will saw down a wall.

Scott, you mentioned that clicking the button. That has more interesting meaning than just the ambulance is on the way.

This is all fascinating to me since I don’t work in the health field nor do I work in city planning. When the guy said they pushed the button, not only was it sending the ambulance, it was sending everyone from the cardiac care unit who was on call at the hospital that night out of bed and go. Everyone’s phone lit up at 4:30 in the morning who was on call that evening at the hospital for my procedure. When I got there, what I went through and the process all the way from being brought into the emergency room, talked to by the cardiologist, prepped and in surgery, there are probably ten to fifteen people that were involved in that.

After the surgery when I was in the hospital for a couple of days, I was peppering the nurse with questions as I tend to do. She was explaining to me what went on behind the scenes that they had and they call it an MI, myocardial infarction. They don’t refer to it as heart attack, they refer to it as an MI. If you go to the emergency room, an MI means someone has a heart attack. The whole team was there very quickly. That’s what pressing the button did as well. The cardiologist up and out. Everyone that was part of the operating room was up and out of bed and they were there and I was in surgery at 6:15 in the morning.

What surgery was this? Explain that because it’s different now.

I was fortunate enough I did not have to have a bypass. My entire LAD, left aortic descending artery was clogged and they put angioplasty. They go through your artery which they cut you in the groin area and up towards your heart and they send a camera in there to see if it’s clogged and once the doctor can determine what’s going on, he has to unclog it. The way they can unclog you now is by putting in what’s called a stent. The stent is a little piece of metal and I have five of them and it’s pretty surreal.

Scotty, you were successful. You were healthy, you ate right and you played ball. Why would this happen to you?

Being successful is relative, but I was fine. I was living a life that I believe a normal person lives. I believe stress. I believe what the mind could do to your body and how I experiment with myself now with how I feel stress or I don’t feel stress or I allow certain things to go into my head further than they should. I can feel it. You feel what it can do to your body once you have an experience like that. My challenge now is to make sure that I don’t allow that. I have mechanisms and I have ways of, “I’m not hearing you, I’m not thinking about that.” I’m not going to let that get in now or that’s got to come in tomorrow. I’m not going to let it in now because I’ve got other things that are in now, but that’s going to come in tomorrow. I’ve got a good way of keeping it away.

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How do you do that? Because that sounds so hard if you’re living in your life. You’re a husband. You have two kids and two different moms.

It’s challenging. You got to know how to compartmentalize. You have to be able to put that thought on the shelf for right now and the big picture of what really matters. We’ve talked about this since we’ve reconnected. I’m looking at it now. I went to the gym. You could see I’m still in my gym clothes. I went to work until noon and I was excited all day because I’m coming here with Seany and Taylor. At 4:00 is my son’s first tee-ball practice ever. I get to go play tee-ball with him. In the big picture, how do I deal with that? How do you not love and enjoy what matters much about what’s going on now, to allow such other things that are trivial to take over? I did the latter for years and I believe that’s what allowed the heart attack to come. They weren’t trivial but I allowed it to attack me so much every second of every day.

It has a lot to do with almost you were simply through the process of having a heart attack, you were made aware of how your thought patterns were affecting you on a physical level. As soon as you became aware of that unfortunately through having a heart attack, you were able to then say, “I can’t allow all this in at every moment of every day or it’s going to drive me insane.”

It will kill you. It absolutely will. I can’t imagine, everyone said, “Do you have a family history of heart disease? Do you have anyone in your family also have a heart attack?” I was like, “No.” Now it’s going to be yes to everyone down below me. The mind can do unbelievable things to the body. I could put myself in such a happy, amazing place at the drop of a dime now.

How? We’re talking all the time and I know you go through issues during your day, we all do. You have businesses, you have families and you have kids.

I just told you one of them. My son’s first tee ball practices. What better in life could one ask for than to go to baseball practice for the first time with his son? You want to come at me with anything now, nothing’s getting in.

That is so secure and so smart. I’m thinking about that. It’s a bubble of excitement. You’re positive.

You’re focusing on the good things you have going.

Not the negative things. I’m learning and I’m digesting all this.

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Heart Attack: The mind can do unbelievable things to the body.

 

You got ten crazy weird things going on now, but it sounds like if you have a tee ball practice looking forward to, none of it matters.

It’s all relative. I could go back. My daughter who’s now seventeen. She’s a little athlete. The first season she ever played tee ball, she was four years old. She was the same exact age as my son right now and I was working in my old career. I used to refer to it as my “Wall Street career.” I remember taking her to practice because I was an assistant coach with the team but after every practice, “Daddy, can we play? Daddy, can we do this? Daddy, can you this?” It was always, “No, we got to go home. We got to eat dinner. You got to take a bath. You got to get ready for bed. I’ve got to get to bed. I’ve got to do this. I got to do that.”

It was a never ending list of no’s and I’ll never forget the last practice she ever had with that team was my last day ever on Wall Street. I remember when she said and she was determined, she would always ask me if we could do those things. I remember the last practice he said, “Dad, can we go on the swings now?” I went, “Yes.” We played until she was done. I’ll never forget that day. “Can we go on the merry-go-round?” “Yes.” “Can we go down the slide?” “Yes.” We were there until it was pitch black and she was looking at me. I remember she’s looking at me like, “You’re not saying no. You’re not telling me we got to go” It was the most free-feeling.

It’s amazing because growing up with you, we played until it was black. We never had a no. We played and played.

The only no was “Get in here” by our moms.

We would play for hours until the sun would go down. Until we can’t see the ball anymore.

Until it was too cold or someone got hurt.

I don’t have any kids but I grew up around a pre-school. My mom’s a preschool teacher and honestly I think having kids around is awesome because they remind you to have fun and not be take life too seriously. When you were telling that story, what came to me, your daughter was almost showing you that if you let it happen, there are tons of fun to be had that day.

She got a volleyball scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans. I learned a lot from my daughter. She’s smart and she’s focused.

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They’re both great. Your kids are full of white light. Who wouldn’t be excited?

I had the heart procedure and I was wheeled out and spent a few days in the hospital.

How did your perspective shift after that day? Was it an immediate shift or did it take a while for the dust to settle?

It still is. I’m four and a half years out now and I still have moments of clarity lessons from it. Right after it, I felt like a ticking time bomb because I didn’t get it. I couldn’t control it. Honestly, I never said, “Why me?” I don’t like the pity party. I felt like a ticking time bomb. I felt like I had to take everything very slowly. Everyone at my office demanded I didn’t come in until the New Year. I made an agreement with them that as long as I got one update every day at 3:00 that didn’t last more than five minutes, I won’t come in. That was the agreement so for the whole month of December, I didn’t go in.

Which company is this?

LabelDaddy. I started LabelDaddy in 2007.

What’s LabelDaddy? Can you explain it to the audience?

It’s an online website where we sell peel-and-stick customized labels. I started it in 2007 after my Wall Street days. I tried to figure out what’s next? What should I not do? What could I do? The meds they have you on after the heart attack, the beta blocker. One of them made me very loopy and slow and I hated it. I probably begged the cardiologist for a year to get me off of it and he finally did. Then I’ll never forget my father saying to me a couple of months after I was off the beta blocker, he said, “How do you feel?” I said, “Dad, I feel so good. I feel I’m on a drug,” because it went out of my system. I understood why I was on it because the mind which was causing me craziness, which was causing the blockage in my arteries and there might be scientists that will disagree with me. I believe the stress I was going through was causing inflammation internally. It was causing the swelling of my arteries. If you’re on a beta blocker that blocks the connection. The beta blocker makes it so if you try to mentally step on the gas, your heart rate’s not going to jump up. It keeps it down.

Does it work on the other way too? If you’re trying to calm down, is there no connection as well?

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Heart Attack: Everyone has different issues and different problems, and they’re all relative to the person.

 

I went for a year and I didn’t sweat. It was horrible.

It blocks you from feeling stressed.

I felt the stress but I couldn’t get amped up. Not that you want to be amped up, but it prevented that. Then it took about another six months where I begged the cardiologist to get me off the blood thinners because if you bump your arm and next thing you know it looks like you were beaten. You’ve got a big black and blue mark on you. I got off that and now I’m on normal stuff that doesn’t bother me at all. I have no side effects from any of the drugs.

As you’re coming off the meds, did you start doing any specific stress management practices or are you starting to work on building new habits and patterns? I feel that you’re the type of person that’s always, “I’m going to think differently.”

I might say it, but do I actually do it? I had so many people I remember saying, “Does this change your perspective? How are you going to do things differently?” It took time. What am I in a rush for? I felt once I turned 40 everything slows down. What are we in a rush to do anything right now? I’ll look for signs. I’ll look for things that maybe that will work or maybe I’ll try to employ that. You deal with the way the wind is directing at you.

What has the wind brought you in recent years?

Perspective, I talked to Sean over and over about perspective and relativity. Everyone has different issues. Everyone has different problems and they’re all relative to that person whether they’re four years old, ten years old or 50 years old. I equate it to my son. I will never forget, we were doing something for LabelDaddy and we were at a park. He was running towards a swing that was open and he had a good run going on and he was three. This boy who was probably six or seven was coming from behind.

I saw it and I’m like, “The little guy is going to get overtaken and he’s going to lose that swing. Let’s see how he reacts.” It was the end of the world. He didn’t get to that swing, but who are we to say it’s not a big deal? To him it was a big deal. It’s all relative. We all have our different stresses. How do I deal with the changing of the wind now? Keep it in perspective. How is it going to affect me long-term, have your big picture in order. It’s why I have to be organized and structured because that’s the stuff that matters to me.

That’s a good point. I was going to say something that when I first had you on the show with me, the connection was horrible. We’re trying to deal with it, but I got you to pause and think about, “This actually happened to me.” You look at me, I had a stroke. I got a weak side. In fact, I’m very affected on all levels and you’re like, “I stubbed my toe one day and my heart stopped.” I realized how lucky you are and it’s still so hard for me to realize.

I do realize how lucky I am. It’s hard for me to accept that I had a major life event such as yourself. I don’t feel I have any of the side effects that warrant putting myself in the same boat as you.

If somebody had a heart attack and they lived through it like yourself, what do you tell them? What do they take on and what do you tell them?

Everyone’s situation is going to be unique. I can’t tell them exactly how it’s going to be, but I could tell them how it went for me. I was petrified. I didn’t know what my life would be like going forward. I had to take steps to heal and once I did, everything is back to normal. We talked about what I wished, what I wanted to do in the hospital when I was in cardiac care for about a day and a half. I wished the hospital had someone to come in to talk to me, to hold my hand and to say anything.

Just to say that “You can survive this and here is an example of what could happen.” You take the steps. You obviously can’t promise the world, but I was laying there for a day and a half thinking what is going to happen now? Very luckily I remember, I snapped out of it. My father walked in the room one day and he looked at me like, “My son, you look totally normal,” and I was. All of a sudden, I felt amazing and I went up to the regular hospital for two more days and all I did was paced the hallways because I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

You’re telling us you begged the doctor to let you out early?

Yeah, it was morning and he was like, “You can go home tomorrow.” I looked at him, “Come on, I can go home later now.” He goes, “I don’t know.” As soon as I sense that maybe, I went to a bull. It was that after the nurse was like, “He signed your discharge papers. You can leave this evening.” I was able to go home that night. It was good.

We’re coming out at the end of our time on the show, but I have one more question for you. I got a final question. We ask this to everyone, what’s your inspiration?

My kids. It’s so cliché but it’s so true. I have a line that I say to both my kids, “Are my eyes lying to me.” My little guy finally gets it. He now jokes, “Yes, they’re lying. I’m not here.” Then I attack him and kiss him.

Thank you, Scott, for sharing your story.

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About Scott Mehlman

AIH 38 | Heart AttackScott Mehlman is the CEO of LabelDaddy.com.

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