Joanne's post birth heart attack


Just four days after giving birth to her son, Joanne Ward had a heart attack.

She's now undergoing tests to see whether she should have a heart transplant.

Pains in your back and jaw

Joanne, who was aged just 30 when she suffered her heart attack says: "I was in complete agony, with pains in my back, down each arm and in my jaw."

She still has to deal with angina, or chest pain, breathlessness and palpitations too. Her life was and still is "turned upside down".

... a real help for everyone, especially those who are undergoing treatment for anything heart related.

There's is a silver lining though. Her diet has improved and she says she's grateful for every day she now has.

Joanne adds: "The dynamics of our family life are completely different now."

Joanne signed up to receive our regular emails and says she doesn't think she'd know so much about her condition without our publications because "they explain things in plain English."

She thinks more people should know the BHF "are a real help for everyone, especially those who are undergoing treatment for anything heart related."

What is a heart transplant?

A heart transplant is when a diseased heart is replaced by a healthy human heart form a donor. A heart transplant may be considered if you have severe heart failure.

Other stories of heart attacks

People suffer heart attacks for a variety of reasons. Here are more stories from individuals who have experienced a heart attack:

Karen's high cholesterol
Leo's triple bypass
Julie's young heart attack

Support life saving heart research

On average, three people die every day in the UK whilst waiting for an organ transplant, which is 1,000 people a year dying due to a shortage of donor organs. Despite 9 out of 10 people supporting organ donation, 3 and 10 actually go on to sign the register.

You can help by signing the NHS Organ Donation Register and spreading the word to your family and friends. 

We're also leading the fight in finding new treatments for heart failure including potential treatments in regrowing heart cells and tissues. Donate to our life saving research today.