The diagnosis must have been a shock for the actor Norbert Heisterkamp. After he became increasingly out of breath while climbing stairs, he had himself examined by a cardiologist. The doctor recommended heart surgery, to which Norbert Heisterkamp agreed. The “Alles Atze” star is now on the mend.
Heart surgery caused the former stuntman great fear
In an interview with “bild.de”, the 61-year-old said: “I had three bypasses and a leaky heart valve was repaired.” The heart disease is hereditary and has nothing to do with his passion for bodybuilding. “My father had already had three heart attacks when he was 48,” revealed Heisterkamp.
Before Norbert Heisterkamp became known in his role as bodybuilder and drinks driver Harry Möller in the cult series “Alles Atze” alongside comedian Atze Schröder in 1999, he also earned his living as a stuntman. At that time he had rolled over with his car while doing stunts and had even been caught in flames, he remembered, but noted: “But I’ve never been as scared as I was before this operation.”
During rehab, Heisterkamp lost 15 kilos
The operation that Norbert Heisterkamp had to undergo at the Bad Oeynhausen Heart Center in mid-August lasted a good four hours. The actor expressed his respect for the doctors and explained: “It’s crazy that there are people who dare to do this. My chest was cut open once from top to bottom.”
A large scar reminds the actor, who lost 15 kilos in rehab, of his difficult times.
Now Norbert Heisterkamp wants to shift down a gear
The operation forced the 61-year-old to change his life. “You become more thoughtful and humble,” he said and added: “I always drove in the left lane, now I’m shifting down a few gears.”
But the father of three and grandfather of four doesn’t want to give up his beloved sport completely. “I have always been sporty, never smoked or had alcoholic escapades, but in the future I will place more emphasis on endurance and work with smaller weights.”
Heisterkamp also doesn’t want to give up appearing in front of the camera. “I’m not retiring voluntarily. And I’m still looking forward to roles as villains,” he explained.