You can find more personal stories from people living with cardiovascular disease in our Your Stories section.
Suzanne Sheppard has familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic condition which means she fights a daily battle against inflated cholesterol levels in her blood.
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Congenital heart condition
Mum of three, Michelle, 36, from Manchester has been described by doctors as a walking timebomb after numerous heart problems. At 26 she collapsed at work, and was diagnosed with a faulty mitral valve. She’s since developed a range of complications.
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Coronary heart disease
Rachel was just 37 when she started experiencing crushing pains in her chest, arms and throat. She put the pain down to being unfit, but when she did go to the gym, the pain was so intense it made her cry.
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Despite living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, Maureen’s first heart attack happened back in March 2004.
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Lorraine suffered a heart attack in 2005 and has since been living with heart failure. She talks about the impact this had on family life and the difficulty she had raising two quite young children whilst recovering.
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Hole in the heart
Amy was born with a heart condition – atrial septal defect – also known as a hole in the heart.
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