018 Interview with Tony Richens-Smith, having a heart attack during Covid-19 lockdown

018 Interview with Tony Richens-Smith, having a heart attack during Covid-19 lockdown

Click play to hear the full interview ⬇ Tony tells us about the day when his heart attack started and how he thought he had COVID.  In January 2020 Tony decided to change his life and pursue his passion working as a dog behaviourist. It was probably not the best timing but he made the best of things. Little did he…

015 Interview with Nicky Duncan-Sutherland – Not your typical heart disease stereotype

015 Interview with Nicky Duncan-Sutherland – Not your typical heart disease stereotype

Click play to hear the full interview ⬇ Nicky was 44 years old, a fit and healthy mum of 3. She is not the stereotypical candidate for a heart attack. She went to see her doctor as she began to feel unwell. The doctor suggested it was indigestion so Nicky took the recommended Gaviscon. Unbeknown to her that her symptoms…

014 Interview with Brian Simpson, the heart attack thriver, how having a heart attack changed his life for the better

014 Interview with Brian Simpson, the heart attack thriver, how having a heart attack changed his life for the better

How having a heart attack changed his life for the better. Brian suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 48. Prior to that he was exceptionally healthy and lived a very active life. His heart attack occurred during an Ice Hockey match and he spent 20-25 minutes on his own in the dark unable to move. Did the…

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,…

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…

007 Interview with Sanjay Shah, life after 3 heart attacks

007 Interview with Sanjay Shah, life after 3 heart attacks

Sanjay made a massive difference to my state of mind during the early days of my recovery from my heart attack. A random stranger and an act of random kindness. For Sanjay, a series of life challenges culminating in a heart attack by the age of 42 contributed to some hard and fast lessons for Sanjay in how to live…

004 Purpose: A to-day list rather than a to-do list

004 Purpose: A to-day list rather than a to-do list

Having purpose when living with a heart condition.  Today I chat about purpose. I’ll talk about what it means when living after a cardiac event. I will explain that it isn’t what you achieve but the feelings that you experience on the journey. As your body releases its natural feel-good chemical, dopamine. That it’s not always the big things that make…