Bob Odenkirk Says ‘Nobody’ Training Helped Save His Life

Bob Odenkirk recovered from his heart attack on the set of You better call Saul. (Photo: Getty Images)

2021 movie by Bob Odenkirk Person will always be special to him.

As the You better call Saul the star told Howard Stern on Monday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show that doing the action thriller played a role in helping him survive his July 27 heart attack on the set of the breaking Bad spin off.

“We were talking about Person“, said Odenkirk, “and one of the things that saved me was that I learned to train [in preparation]. And because I was in good shape, you sort of expand some of the… other veins around your core, if you train a lot. And I had, and as a result, I was told that more blood could then go into my heart during CPR because those veins were just a little bit bigger from… a lot of training. “

Odenkirk said being fit also helped him recover faster. He was back on set six weeks later.

He told Stern that getting help immediately saved his life. Odenkirk explained to The New York Times earlier this month, he and co-star Rhea Seehorn were hanging out during a break from filming – he was about to watch a Chicago Cubs game and take a spin on his exercise bike – when he collapsed. Seehorn called for help. (He told Stern that another co-star, Patrick Fabian, also rushed to his side.) Once alerted, the show’s health safety supervisor, Rose Estrada, and assistant director, Angie Meyer, gave Odenkirk about 12 minutes of CPR. Estrada then retrieved a defibrillator from his car. Two attempts to restore Odenkirk’s heartbeat failed. The third did.

Rhea Seehorn was quick to call for help when Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on the

Rhea Seehorn was quick to call for help when Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on the You better call Saul together. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“Which is actually a lot, Howard,” Odenkirk said. “I don’t know any of that, but I was told later that when the defibrillator doesn’t work once, it’s not good. When it doesn’t work the second time, it’s kind of like …forget it. But then they put it up a third time, and it got me back into a rhythm.

Odenkirk said since the health emergency he was told he had “plaque buildup” in his heart in 2018. But his doctors disagreed on how serious the situation was, he didn’t. had not yet sought treatment. Things turned dire when a piece of plaque broke off and he underwent emergency surgery. They blew up the little balloons and knocked that plate off and left stents in two places,” Odenkirk said in this New York Times maintenance.

He urged Stern listeners to take CPR classes.

“Because,” he said, “you can save lives with them.”

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