Cardiac rehabilitation after heart attack
As the CEO of charity Pets As Therapy, she’d been working at Crufts for three days. On the fourth day she realised something was wrong, experiencing an excruciating pain across her chest, down both arms and hands.
After being admitted to hospital, she had an angioplasty and was fitted with two stents. While her husband was by her side, Maureen was 200 miles from home, away from the rest of her family, and she was scared.
After her heart attack, Maureen took part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme and started working again, later going back to working full time.
A near miss
In 2012, while in London for work, Maureen started experiencing the same symptoms she’d had before her heart attack. In hospital, the doctors found another blocked artery. Maureen underwent another angioplasty and had two more stents fitted.
Maureen says she’s living proof that you don’t have to fit the ‘profile’ of a heart attack victim to be affected by heart disease. She was healthy, a non-smoker and exercised regularly, but still has heart problems.
What is an angioplasty?
Coronary angioplasty helps treat coronary heart disease and angina. It helps improve the blood supply to your heart muscle by widening narrowed coronary arteries and inserting a small tube called a stent.
Others who have survived a heart attack
Every eight minutes, someone in the UK dies of a heart attack. Even more survive to live with the effects every day. Here are the stories of heart attack survivors:
Hina's heart attack
Julie's young heart attack
Leo's triple bypass
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In the 1970s, one in ten patients died following heart surgery. The figure is nearer to one in 100 today. Surgical techniques have improved a great deal over the years. The more we understand about heart conditions, the better. Your donations have helped and can help support important innovations in patient care during heart surgery. Donate to our heart research today to help people like Maureen fight for every heartbeat.