And while he does have one more procedure to undergo, possibly in 2020 (it would assist in him not having to take blood thinners for the rest of his life), Eddie said, "Well, as far as I'm concerned I'm back to normal as of last week. I was able to ride 100 miles on my bike and that made me feel good."
Eddie spoke to The Daily Dish about the condition (September is AFib Awareness Month) and the importance of resources like Get Smart about AFib. In the time since he was first diagnosed, he said, "The most important thing was really to take my health in my own hands. I wish we had Get Smart about AFib back when I started."
"I think the biggest change in my life is that I'm a lot more cognizant of everybody's heart. As a trainer I'm always considering everybody else and their fitness, their health, their wellness," The Real Housewives of Orange County husband, trainer, and fitness expert said. "I'm just in that space, so it's really important for me to see how everybody's doing teaching my classes. So it's really helped me help my clients and really understand the vulnerability we have with our hearts. We really are not made out of steel. We really are vulnerable."
Tamra Judge has also noticed a change in her husband in the wake of his health issues, which they confirmed in 2018. "I think it's helped him relax a little in life as well because he used to be on the go all the time," she said. "And now he's just kind of enjoying life a little bit more and taking it easy and not pushing himself so hard. He always had a mentality like, 'Suck it up. You're gonna throw up, too bad.' And now he's learned to listen to his body."
Additionally, it's changed their marriage. "I think, for me, it's brought us a lot closer together," she said, with Eddie agreeing. "'Cause I've never seen Eddie like this. He went through depression. He was in and out of the hospital 10 times last year. He's always the strong one... it broke my heart ... I think it brought us closer together."
You can always check out Tamra and Eddie on RHOC every Tuesday at 9/8c.