Kirk Brown

‘Widow Maker’ Heart Attack Survivor

On April 2017 (one year after my cardiac event), I saw my cardiologist, Dr. Aman Saw, and he said, “I love the weight loss, I love your EKG. Your blood pressure is excellent. Frankly, I am surprised.” I told him Karen Owoc’s care got me back on my feet.

On April 2016 at age 59, my heart stopped for 7 minutes. I was shocked 3 times and revived.  I was 275 lbs. and had one stent put in an artery of my heart — the Widow Maker*. I was out of breath tying my shoes and walking stairs. Then I was “KO’d”(rehabbed by Karen Owoc) and dropped 40 pounds. I’ve greatly improved my aerobic function and flexibility. Went off all medication and just on aspirin therapy now.

Working with Karen could have prevented my massive heart attack that cost over $100,000 in medical bills. After being in her cardiac rehab class and getting advice on nutrition, I dropped 40 lbs. and got in excellent shape. I reduced my risk of stroke and another heart attack by 50%.

Karen really cares. She is motivating, very knowledgeable, and she’s fun. Also, I loved her educational ”whiteboards”!

*The Widow Maker is a blockage in the left anterior descending artery of the heart. It is called the Widow Maker because as far as heart attacks go, the consequences are catastrophic and often result in sudden death.