Arun's story: Our last conversation was so ordinary

Arun Heart disease takes lives with no warning. That’s what happened to Arun’s close friend Kam. He went to work as normal one day – but he never returned.

We were both hard-core Liverpool fans, Kam and me. Liverpool was our team. 

The last time I saw him we congratulated each other on Liverpool’s win over United.

It was just an ordinary conversation. 

I’d popped into his place to pick up something. We were neighbours and I’d often drop round when I got a moment.

I was just about to do a long drive for work, and I needed to head off. I told him: ‘I’ve got to go. I’ll come back in the week. We’ll catch up then.’

He didn’t let me leave without a drink and snack for the journey. That’s the kind of man he was.

A few days later Kam collapsed at work. He went into the printer room, where he had a heart attack and died. He was 33.

I got a call from one of his brothers saying he’d gone.

It was just a mad five minutes. Lots of screaming and tears. 

Kam was a good friend. He was the first person to welcome me when we moved to our street. 

Like many neighbours and friends, he was just a part of my life.

He was an awesome person. I had a lot of respect for him, like an older brother.

We were all just questioning how this could happen.

Out of everyone how could it be him? He was the healthy one. He looked after himself. 

Why him over everyone else?"

Research into the South Asian risk factor

People of South Asian origin are at greater risk of heart disease than other ethnicities. We’re funding a project at University of Southampton that looks into why this might be the case. 

Professor Caroline Fall and her team have been awarded £654,000. They’re working with scientists in Oxford and India and will use ultrasound scans -echocardiograms - to look at the structure of the heart and heart valves in 3,000 adults. 

All the participants in the study were part of a previous research project which began over 40 years ago, allowing scientists to make observations about health in childhood and heart problems in adulthood.

We can’t fund projects like this without your help.