Sig Hansen of ‘Deadliest Catch’ embraces new lifestyle after heart attack

Sig Hansen of ‘Deadliest Catch’ embraces new lifestyle after heart attack

For Sig Hansen, embracing a new lifestyle was not a matter of choice. Rather, he needed to make that decision after suffering a heart attack while filming for Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”

Hansen told People that after being discharged from the hospital, he was on a strict diet and had to eat lots of vegetables. More importantly, he had to quit smoking and avoid getting into too much stress. Hansen noted that the incident made him realize that he needs to put more time for his family rather that thinking of his job first.

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“It made me realize that I’ve always put my job first,” Hansen said. “Now it’s time to be here for my family. I’m changing my life so I can be here for them.”

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Hansen’s wife, June, narrated that the whole experience had to change Sig’ perception of life and has done so much activity with their family. She stated that Sig has been active in exercise and spends time more with her and their daughter. June added that the thought of another heart attack gives them sleepless nights.

For Hansen, retirement is still far from his mind. He still wants to go fishing but this time, he is more equip not with cigarettes but with a cautious mind that he needs to slow things down a bit in order for him to have more “quality time” with his family.

Hansen suffered a heart attack while they were filming the 12th season of the show that shows the realities faced by fishermen when they go out there and face Mother Nature’s unpredictable circumstances. Good thing that the show’s crew and producer managed to encourage Hansen to head to the nearest port where he was airlifted back to Anchorage to seek immediate medical attention.

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It was also noted that Hansen’s whole ordeal will be shown in a two-part season finale special of the “Deadliest Catch” which will be aired Tuesday on Discovery Channel with a special documentation on his road to recovery that will be aired late this year.

It was a close call for Hansen, but now that he has managed to recover from the major incident in his life, he is willing to give up things that would contribute to another heart attack. Instead, Hansen has embraced a new lifestyle not only for himself but for his family as well.

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  • martymarsh

    You got a second chance, use it well my friend.

  • Christian Olsen

    Hopefully he will heed the warning. You don’t always get a second chance at this.

  • Travis Crincoli

    He may have had a minor heart attack in season 5 or 6. He clutched his chest and didnt know what was going on. It was the episode when he quit smoking for 3 and a half hours.