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Now Available for Purchase!

A Big Heart is Mike Papale's story of surviving cardiac arrest,
learning to live with illness,
finding your life path,
& committing to helping others

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"The fact that Mike survived this out-of-the-blue, life-threatening cardiac event is itself a miracle.
What follows here is that story…one that is filled with courage, persistence, strength,
and the unstoppable passion to prevent sudden cardiac death."  

Director, HCM Institute at Tufts Medical Center



A Big Heart

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In A Heartbeat Foundation

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Mike Papale


Since his miraculous recovery from sudden cardiac arrest at age 17, Mike Papale has never stopped moving.

The Founder and CEO of
nonprofit organization In A Heartbeat—dedicated to preventing death from sudden cardiac arrest and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)—served several years as a college basketball coach at UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac University, and Southern Connecticut State University before channeling his transformative journey into the pages of his book, A Big Heart.

As a
professional Motivational Speaker, Mike loves helping others discover and engage their own life-igniting spark—inspirational energy he naturally instills in students through his role as Fairfield College Preparatory School’s Head Basketball Coach.

Creator and Host of
A Big Heart Podcast, Mike addresses how to overcome the physical and emotional obstacles of life with heart disease—exploring a different challenge in each episode.


Mike serves on the Board of Directors for the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, the Central CT Coast YMCA, the John Taylor Babbit Foundation, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Wallingford—part of a global network of 1 million+ problem-solvers dedicated to working together to create lasting change in the self, in the local community, and around the world.

In his spare time, you can find multi-hyphenate Mike enjoying life with family and friends, traveling, golfing, cycling, or wholeheartedly rooting for the Knicks, Giants, and Red Sox.

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