013 Interview with Sara Bushnell – Having a heart attack at work far from home and an important discovery

013 Interview with Sara Bushnell – Having a heart attack at work far from home and an important discovery

She had been experiencing regular headaches and stress, at one point thought her blood pressure machine must have been broken. Who’d have thought about a heart attack. Constant headaches and stress Sara was fit, healthy and ate a good diet. She had been experiencing regular headaches and stress, at one point thought her blood pressure machine must have been broken.…

012 Interview with Steve Wrigley – Having a cardiac arrest at 30,000 feet and recovering from a heart attack in Singapore

012 Interview with Steve Wrigley – Having a cardiac arrest at 30,000 feet and recovering from a heart attack in Singapore

Steve Wrigley was flying home when he had a cardiac arrest on a plane. Prior to this Steve was was fit and healthy, he loved adventure holidays that revolved around cycling. He went with friends he’d met on previous adventures on a trip to Bali. Steve shares his story of amazing luck as he survived two accidents on his bike.…

011 Interview with Ray Bishop – Misdiagnosed more than once, having a forgiving heart and becoming the music man

011 Interview with Ray Bishop – Misdiagnosed more than once, having a forgiving heart and becoming the music man

Ray Bishop was born with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This did not affect his quality of life until after he had developed coronary heart disease. This was after many misdiagnoses. He was lucky that as by this time, cardiac ablation could be carried out on him for the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This is one of the rare procedures which cures, rather than treats,…

009 Interview with Eliza Bell, a transplant chat

009 Interview with Eliza Bell, a transplant chat

In February 2019, Eliza had a successful heart transplant recipient at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK. It was a life-saving event that focussed her on fundraising and being a patient advocate. Eliza explains that she was born with congenital heart disease but didn’t know about it until she was 12. What life was like as a teenager and how she…

008 Interview with Claire Berouche, heart failure and being a hero

008 Interview with Claire Berouche, heart failure and being a hero

Claire was nominated in 2020 for the BHF Heart Hero Awards. She has contributed in amazing ways to raise awareness of heart failure and has had many TV interviews, been in national papers and BHF publications. Claire tells us about her life growing up with type 1 diabetes. Like many women she shares with us how she didn’t realise she…

How to help yourself and help others as you recover after a heart attack and stents

The next couple of activities come from my feeling good handbook. They are about how to help yourself and help others as you recover after a heart attack and stents. They are about how our shared experiences can boost the feel good factor in ourselves and the people we meet throughout our recovery. Sometimes we want to help ourselves feel…

Anxiety and stress after ill health

Many people experience anxiety and stress, along with depression following a serious health issue such as a heart attack. As part of rehabilitation the team may recommend managing stress as one of your risk factors. Using therapies and techniques such as Hypnosis, NLP and Massage all assist in reducing stress, easing anxiety and helping you to relax. Remember that some…