That unhealthy lifestyle caught up with him in 2008 when he developed serious heart issues. After averting a major heart attack at the age of 53, Carl began seeing a cardiologist and started a drug regimen to help his heart. The drug made him feel worse, but his cardiologist assured him that nothing was wrong and encouraged him to continue taking it.
Trusting his instincts, Carl knew that something was wrong. After catching a segment about the Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital on the local news, he sought out a physician at Ohio State and eventually was placed under the care of William Abraham, MD.