“Can you dive again after open-heart surgery? Author Eric Douglas tells the true story of his signs and symptoms of heart disease, and his road to recovery.”
I am working with Scuba Diving Magazine to produce an online series specific to heart disease and diving. We will release a new installment each month covering my recovery process. My goals are A) help others avoid coronary artery disease; B) help anyone facing coronary artery disease know what to expect; C) get myself back in diving shape.
The description from Scuba Diving Magazine: “ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: After a heart attack and five coronary artery bypasses, our Lessons for Life Author Eric Douglas takes us along on his journey to back to what he loves — diving.”
My first dive after open-heart surgery. Six months post surgery, a few days after my 49th birthday and a few days before my dad’s 78th birthday.
WCHS/WVAH-TV did a story on my heart recovery as a promo for the Charleston (WV) 2017 Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association. Watch the story here.
Scuba Diving Magazine has created a landing page for all six installments of the return to diving after heart disease.
Or read the individual stories:
From The Heart
Interview with the West Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association’s show From The Heart, preparing for the Charleston Heart Walk. My interview starts at 15:51. (You must have Windows Media Player configured for this file.)
Eric talked about completing his first 5K jog with Team Second Chance at the Charleston Heart Walk and getting Greg Holt back in the water at the DEMA show for the first time following his own open-heart surgery.
Talking to Greg about Eric’s first dive after six months of recuperation from open heart surgery. Greg recently had surgery himself so he is trying to learn what it will be like for him. From 8-27-16.
Eric and Greg talked more about diving and heart disease on June 4, with the release of the third installment of the series on ScubaDiving.com.
Listen to Eric talk to Greg Holt from ScubaRadio about heart disease and divers along with the first column for Scuba Diving Magazine
In the newspaper:
Eric has also written a series of articles on heart disease and recovery for his local newspaper. They were originally published in print and on the Charleston Gazette-Mail website and then republished here. Not specifically related to diving, these talk about many of the same issues.