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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Dave Willits known as the man who survived a heart attack after being flatlined. Dave seemed like a healthy, sporty guy on the outside, but little did he know that he would have to be shocked 11 times to be brought back to life. As you will hear during the interview, Dave’s dietary lifestyle, with an added love for pizza, was a contributing factor to this horrible event.

We have a special place in our hearts (no pun intended) for this episode. It’s just not sexy. What do we mean by that? Well, Dave didn’t have a food addiction. He didn’t have 100+ pounds to lose. He didn’t have a drug addiction. We would never try to take away from the stories of others, including our guests and friends who have come so far and changed so much.

But the truth is, if you can see it on the outside, you know you need to make a change on the inside and these stories are easy to relate to by others in similar physical conditions. But with Dave, a lot like Adam, there were no major outward red flags screaming change your life now, before it’s too late. If you look a certain way in the mirror, it’s easy to think that you are invincible and these devastating events only happen to other people, and not you.

Over 12 years ago we lost a good friend to a heart attack…and on the outside, he was one of the last people of our group of friends who you would think would go off to play floor hockey and never return home again. We want to help others make those changes before it’s too late even if they are not obese, on other medications or suffering from serious diseases. No one deserves to go through what Dave did especially when it is preventable.

Dave Willits is a simple and humble guy. He is out there trying to help others find the plant-based lifestyle. Today he is a single dad of a 22-year-old son, 13-year-old daughter. He’s been the production manager for an automotive manufacturer for 20 years. Prior to that, he was in the pizza business for about 25 years, which may have been a big contributor to the massive heart attack that changed his life forever. You don’t want to miss this story.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Life before flatlining
  • Looking good on the outside
  • The heart attack
  • His health today
  • Dr. Esselstyn
  • Seeing results
  • Committing to plant-based
  • Actionable tips starting out plant-based
  • Favorite meals
  • Message for the masses


Links to things we mentioned:

Thank you to our sponsor, Le Grand Power of Plants – “Let Your Food Be Your Remedy”

#TrainingForLife T-Shirt

Dave Willits – Facebook

A Forefather of Plant-Based Nutrition, Dr. Caldwell Essylstyn – PTP208

Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group – PBNSG

The Inspiring & Motivating Josh LaJaunie – PTP207

Weight Loss & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with Tim Kaufman – PTP209


Thank you to this month’s Patrons for supporting us on Patreon:


Millie Pearson

Mary Lou Fusi

Carmen Fanous

Emily Iaconelli

Spanish Armada

Michele Olender

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5 thoughts on “Surviving A Heart Attack and Being Flatlined with Dave Willits – PTP 251”
  1. Avatar gabriel

    Hi Adam , thank you for your answer, I have tried but not is opening anything on his Facebook. He is still living?

    • Avatar Adam Chaim

      Yes as far as I know he is and usually replies from Facebook, but sometimes takes a while.

      • Thank you Adam, I will try again and again, because I have almost same disease like him and same diet.
        Thank you for your help

  2. Hi 👋, how can I contact Dave Willits ? I want to know if he is taking any medication ( drugs) along with the diet ?!
    I am male 54 years old. In February 2021 I got a stent on my artery coronary left , then after a week I stopped medication.
    Then I didn’t know what to do, so around 3 months I stopped to eat all kind of meat, then I started keto diet which increased my Total cholesterol up to 340 in 2 months, then I discovered Dr Esselstyn who recommends plants based diet , so .. I started WFPB and in 3 months later I dropped my total cholesterol to 139. I follow the diet very strictly, no oil and no nuts!

    • Avatar Adam Chaim

      Have your tried contacting him through Facebook? His link is in the shownotes.

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