Graeme Souness - Ambassador for Research The Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool FC manager was first made aware of the BHF’s life saving work after experiencing first-hand the devastating and lifelong impact of heart disease. Graeme, 63, was first diagnosed with coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer which is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths each year. Research is the answer to this devastation. At the age of 38 after doctors discovered that three of his arteries were blocked, Graeme underwent a triple heart bypass to help improve the blood flow to his heart. Ten years later, doctors found that another of his arteries was blocked leading to a stent being fitted, a small tube that helps widen narrowing arteries. Then last November, Graeme was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack and collapsing on the sofa in front of his wife. Graeme is now a BHF Ambassador for Research to help ensure people take their heart health seriously. Speaking of his recent appointment, Graeme said: “When I was diagnosed with coronary heart disease, I was as fit as any other player on the pitch. I never thought I’d be the type of person to get heart disease but if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. “In the UK, every eight minutes someone dies from coronary heart disease, so during a 90 minute match from kick-off to the final whistle, an entire team of 11 players could be taken away from their friends and family. Since, Graeme has recovered from his heart attack and continues to train five days a week at the gym but his condition is something that will continue to be monitored.