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      • Avatar imageKeith
      • Don’t let a heart attack stop you from living life to the fullest

        In 2013 I survived a heart attack. This came as a real shock to me, because perhaps arrogantly I had thought I was bullet proof when it came to ailments of this nature, as there was no family history of heart complications, I was fit, didn’t smoke, hardly drank and my diet was reasonably healthy. I even took my low resting heart rate to be an indication of how strong and healthy my heart was. Surely there was a mistake? 11 months after my heart attack, I had to have a procedure to close the hole in my heart and was eventually given the all clear to run full marathons again. I imagine not that long ago this type of procedure would have involved open heart surgery, but it’s thanks to medical advances the procedure I had was relatively straight forward, taking literally minutes to perform, and I was back to work within a couple of days, which is incredible. Sure, I was aware that younger people could get unlucky and suffer heart attacks, but my perception that events of this nature were generally confined to older generations could not have been further from reality. I am now back in full swing with my marathon’s and enjoying life to the fullest. My message to anyone who has had a heart event, or is about to undergo a heart procedure is to be aware of your emotional well-being and talk about your feelings regularly, focus on the positive, you are still alive after all!! A great way to improve your mood and energy levels is to get into regular exercise / daily walks under your medical teams supervision. Not only will this give you strength to fight your heart disease but it will strengthen your heart.

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