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Heart Heroes

Heart disease touches us all. The huge impact it has on those living with heart disease is often felt by their families and friends just as much. Meet people like Sarah, Rio, Jill and Bea who have bravely shared their stories with others.

Sarah was two years old when she was diagnosed with a heart condition. “At that time, I was too little to have surgery – the doctors didn’t think I’d be able to cope. By the time I was three, I had deteriorated, so I needed surgery. They did open heart repair surgery when I had…

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Rio’s mum Sacha was told at her 20 week scan that her baby had a problem with their heart. When doctors operated on his heart he was only 6 days old. Rio had a further two heart operations when he was 11 months old and 3 years old. “Rio knows he has a poorly heart….

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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) survivor Becks Breslin, who in 2012 suffered a heart attack at the age of 34, pioneered the first patient-led study into a condition called Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection which causes spontaneous heart attacks. A BHF-funded team of researchers in Leicester are faced with no small task, as they try to…

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I turned my school red for Wear it. Beat it. I did it in my dad’s memory, after he died of heart disease. It was my headteacher’s idea. When I went back to school after dad died my headteacher said that I should do something to remember Dad. Wear it. Beat it came around, and…

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A family walking

It was a normal Sunday evening with my parents. Just sitting on the sofa having family time. We were joking around when Dad suddenly collapsed. He died on Valentine’s Day when I was just 13. We found out later that he had an undiagnosed heart condition. I was very close to Dad. I was very…

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Jonathan was born with a hole in his heart and aortic stenosis and has had 5 operations. When I was six days old I had a balloon angioplasty and was given a 50/50 chance that I would survive. I came through the operation and was told that I was the first baby to survive the…

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