I recently had the pleasure of participating in a private webcast interview with actor-comedian Kevin Nealon as part of an arrangement made possible by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
Kevin was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation 15 years ago while vacationing in Mexico. After working out on the beach his heart started beating rapidly. He was later diagnosed with AFib.
He immediately made some lifestyle changes, which included taking a blood thinner called warfarin to help prevent blood clots. Several years later he underwent an ablation and is now living an active, rewarding life without medication.
Kevin is now busy spreading the word about AFib basically to anybody who will listen. When I asked him about how he shares his story to his contemporaries in show business, he mentioned that he often finds himself teaching others how to take their own pulse and self-monitor their heart rate. Like myself, he admits to “lecturing” others about the importance of early detection (“I enjoy talking about AFib” he remarked). In fact, thanks to Kevin’s story, his father learned he had AFib after Kevin was diagnosed.
During this past February’s American Heart Month and March’s Blood Clot Awareness Month, Nealon teamed up with Janssen Pharmaceuticals and golfer Arnold Palmer to share his story, raise awareness, and to make to a difference in the lives of the millions of people suffering from heart disease.
Below is a clip Kevin filmed with Arnold Palmer promoting the new campaign for Drive4Clots.com and the partnership with Mended Hearts.
*Kevin Nealon is a paid spokesperson for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.