[Podcast] Ep73: Life After 3 Heart Attacks in 24 Hours

Colorist Marc Wielage exercised 3-4 days a week, had a 32″ waist, and was told by all his colleagues and friends that he was “the healthiest person I know” for being age 60. Yet one day he suddenly endured 3 heart attacks in the period of 24 hours. How could this have happened to someone so seemingly healthy?

At first glance it appeared to be a fluke, but after further investigation, the cause seemed painfully clear: Marc’s sedentary and brutally stressful lifestyle very predictably led him down this path. In this episode we talk about the lifestyle choices that Marc made that may have caused his heart attacks, and more importantly we talk about the changes he’s making now (and the further steps he can take) to prevent future health problems.

If you sit for more than 6 hours a day but think, “This will never happen to me,” you need to listen to Marc’s story. Because he thought it could never happen to him too.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Marc’s background as a colorist
  • How color correction has changed over the last 30 years 
  • Marc’s personal health story
  • What happened the day Marc had his heart attack
  • Marc’s test results and physical activity gave no indication he was at risk for a heart attack
  • How Marc’s sedentary, workaholic lifestyle contributed to his kidney problems
  • We are not as infallible as we think we are!
  • Being skinny and working out doesn’t mean you are healthy
  • Marc’s heart was ok but his veins and arteries weren’t working properly
  • How Marc could workout 60-90 minutes, 3 days per week and STILL be unhealthy
  • Marc’s dietary choices
  • A poor man’s “speedball” — Marc’s crazy caffeine and sugar intake before his heart attack
  • Why are you so tired after sitting all day??
  • Why exercise isn’t enough to combat a sedentary lifestyle
  • Taking breaks and walking more can help improve your work and quality of life
  • How Marc used to consider a 10-12 hour marathon color session (with no breaks) a badge of honor
  • Why powering through a 14 hour day, hopped up on caffeine and sugar is a terrible idea
  • Work smarter, not harder–it’s not about how many hours you sit in the chair, it’s about the quality of your work
  • What Marc would have changed about his life 20 years ago
  • The adrenaline rush of stress
  • How do you find a balance between your work life, personal life and your health?
  • Marc’s thoughts when he was confronted with death

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Guest Bio:

Marc Wielage has been a digital colorist in Hollywood for more than 30 years, working for Complete Post, Technicolor, Modern Videofilm, and numerous other post-production houses. His hobbies include film & TV history, music, and fiction. Wielage has a been a Macintosh user since 1985 and has fought valiantly with a variety of computers and operating systems since 1980. In addition to working as a colorist, he also has written for several dozen magazines as West coast editor and contributing editor, including Video Review, Consumers Digest, High Fidelity, and many others.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”