Donut Media’s Editor-in-chief James Pumphrey is glad to be alive after going through a massive cardiac event and we’re glad he’s OK, too!

Some of Donut Media’s most popular uploads like “Everything you need to know” and “Bumper 2 Bumper” might be on hiatus just for a bit as their EIC and main host James Pumphrey recovers from a heart attack he’s saying lasted twelve hours. James took to Instagram earlier today to ensure fans he’s OK, will take some time off, and is taking this opportunity as a second chance at a better self.

Check out his post on Instagram below.

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On Wednesday night I started getting weird pains in my shoulders and neck by Thursday morning it had spread to my jaw and down my right arm. By the time I got to the office my right hand was tingling so I drove myself to the ER. I was hoping to wrap it up by noon so I could go shoot bumper2bumper. They ran some tests and told me that I had been having a heart attack for the past 12 hours. I’m 34. Within a few hours I was in the angio lab and they were running a tube from my right wrist through an artery all the way to my heart. Turns out I had another heart attack about six months ago and two of the three arteries that feed my heart had 100% blockage. Again, I’m 34 years old. They were able to clear one artery and added a stint to keep it open. The other artery was rock hard but my body had grown collateral vessels to feed itself so it’s now getting sufficient blood flow. Apparently I have really bad genetics when it comes to my heart. I should have known. My dad died of a heart attack when he was 48 and my older sister had a similar experience to me before she turned 30. I should have been taking care of myself. I don’t exercise. I eat like shit. I smoked for 15 years. I’m taking this as a second chance to turn it all around. I’m going to do everything I can every day to stay here for as long as possible. I wanna thank all of the doctors, nurses and technologists at UCLA medical center for saving my life. I want to thank the team at Donut for telling me to focus on getting well and they’d take care of the rest. And I want to thank Kasey for sitting with me the entire time and being by my side as I change literally every aspect of my life style. I’m home and recovering well. You might see some new and familiar faces subbing in to host my shows in the next cpl months. I’ll be back soon, stronger than ever with a bunch of running jokes and anecdotes about the craziest experience of my entire life. I love you. ???⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

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James describes how he felt weird pains in his shoulder and neck throughout the morning and into the afternoon. While technically he was having a heart attack, enough blood was making it to critical areas, keeping him alive and cognizant, enough that he could drive himself to the ER.

Reading his experience sheds some light on the variability of heart attacks and how symptoms can differ from person to person.

Reading through experiences of heart attack survivors on Reddit, I’ve come across dozens of instances where a heart attack did not play out like in the movies, someone clutching their chest and heaving in pain.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a heart attack include but are not limited to

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

James’s post is solid life advice. If you have family history of heart disease, adjust your diet, exercise regime, and lifestyle accordingly.

I’m not going to quote the doctor in this Reddit thread but there is some good heart advice linked here.

James mentions towards the end of his post how we’ll see some old faces returning. I’ll take that to the bank they’re bringing back Science Garage’s host Bart.

James, if you’re reading this, we’re all glad you’re A-OK and wish you the best in your journey towards a healthier and better you.

To Pumphrey 2.0


  1. Glad James is safe and sound. To have a heart attack at the age of 34 means that he was predisposed at birth to heart disease. it’s more than likely congenital and James please have your kids be diligent from a young age because you will pass that Gene onto them like it was passed on to you. I want to see the GT40 episode. I saw Ford vs Ferrari and you need to go there…


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