You’ve survived a heart attack or open-heart surgery.

Now it’s time to thrive.


A New Start

A heart event changes you forever. As much as you want to return to the way things were before it happened, you can’t. No matter how hard you try, you will never be the person you were before.

It may be hard to believe now, but you have been blessed with a unique opportunity to become an even better version of who you were.

Ascendis can help you do it.

Your Personal Journey

Recovering from the physical trauma of a heart event is one thing, but the emotional journey of healing is something altogether different.

Your feelings of gratitude for having survived can be overwhelmed by other unexpected emotions such as fear, doubt, anger, or guilt. You can find yourself alone and frustrated because your loved ones can’t understand what you’re going through.

You are not alone. I know, because I’ve been there.

In all variations of form and purpose, gratitude works. It is at once essential as a trait, prolific as a behavior, undeniable as a fact, and unstoppable as an attitude.
— A New and Better Now - by Michael Hesser

Why Ascendis?

Mike Hesser, Executive Wellness Coaching for Heart Event Survivors

Mike Hesser, Executive Wellness Coaching for Heart Event Survivors

After undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery in 2015, I found myself in the same situation you’re in: I was thankful I’d survived, but I was plagued by feelings of fear, guilt, anger, and confusion over my purpose in life.

During my recovery, I began to question who I was before the surgery, who I was after, and who I wanted to become. Through an extensive exploration of research and self-discovery, I re-directed my career, authored on a book on emotional recovery after a heart event, and founded Ascendis.

Ascendis is an elite health, wellness, and personal development consultancy focused on empowering survivors of major heart events, such as open-heart surgeries and heart attacks. We serve an exclusive client list that includes business executives, celebrities, and political leaders.

Our goal isn’t to simply help you adjust to your new normal, but rather to show you how to embrace the opportunity you’ve been given.

Through completely confidential and customized, one-on-one coaching sessions based on structured goal-setting, motivation and accountability, you’ll come to appreciate your heart event as a gateway to rediscovering yourself and all you can be. I’ll be with you throughout the process, guiding and helping you to find your personal answers, to change the way you experience life, and to become the person you were always meant to be.

When we proactively search for the good, we can instinctively find it. The more we look, the more we find.
— A New and Better Now - by Michael Hesser