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The journey through 2019 really began in early 2018 when I found that if I walked any distance I was experiencing shortness of breath. Never really took much notice as when I rested the symptoms subsided…In January 2019 I had to attend a meeting in UNISON HQ, as usual travelled by train to London and then the Tube to Euston Square, arrived there without much trouble but from there to the offices I had a worrying experience on 3 occasions within 750 metres, shortness of breath, dizziness and a heavy chest feeling made me worry but recovered when I arrived at the offices. The return journey to Euston Square replicated the symptoms… I began to worry but having researched the symptoms hoped it would be Angina which was manageable. Further episodes up until April, not really causing too much distress but enough to cause concern. The week before Easter was the turning point, a meeting in North Wales on Monday morning required me to drive up on Sunday, arrived late afternoon and went out to dinner with colleagues, restaurant not too far away from the hotel but the return walk from the restaurant proved to be the turning point as I was required to stop and rest 5 times within a mile and need to rest for 30 minutes when I got to my room…A week later I was being told I had a heart murmur, required blood tests and an ECG… these tests led to a Cardiograph and the journey had begun…

During my stay in Prince Philip Hospital apart from the great NHS staff looking after me I also had the services of The British Heart Foundation. They are a charity organisation in the United Kingdom. It funds research to beat heartbreak from heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors…

Online support…a click away…

Coronary heart disease is now the leading cause of death worldwide. An estimated 3.8 million men and 3.4 million women die each year from Coronary heart disease...

Cardiac Rehab…

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a term which covers all the help you need in getting back to as full a life as possible after a heart event, such as a valve replacement, heart attack or bypass surgery.

A very proud day for Prince Philip Hospital Cardiology Department celebrating the first Birthday of our Acute Coronary Syndrome treat and repatriate centre that offers a great collaboration with the Cardiac Centre in Morriston and provides best treatment for our cardiac patients across the whole of Hywel Dda. It was humbling to welcome back some of our amazing patients to join the celebration today and hear of their success stories. Thank you to all who came and joined us today and heartfelt thanks to the cardiac team who made it all possible. Sandra Ann Hodge and Rhian Morris, the cakes were amazing xxx…

NHS – Heart Issues

Cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) disease is the biggest killer in Wales, with more than 9,000 deaths each year. … There are about 375,000 people living with the condition in Wales – 4% of the population.

NHS AVR Information



Cardiac Health Knowledge Tree…

More information is available from the following organisations… click the pics



Time to take it easy…

When you arrive at this point it is time to think of a full recovery and perhaps a little relaxation in far away places, the slideshow below shows places made for relaxing, Aruba, Cape Verde and Sharm El Sheikh… Slideshow pictures all taken by me…

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