Kitty is super-sporty – she has run marathons and rowed as part of an eight. But throughout her thirties she had episodes of feeling dizzy and even passing out. A magazine article about a woman with similar symptoms prompted her to ask her doctor for a 24-hour ECG. They found her heart had paused 80 times in the previous 24 hours.
She was admitted for an emergency procedure to fit a pacemaker. Kitty’s condition was third degree or 'complete' heart block, which causes her heart to pause and then re-start spontaneously. But she hasn’t let it stop her. She ran the London Marathon on the first anniversary of getting, 'Percy the pacemaker', and she has taken on sports challenges with the all-female endurance group, The Sisterhood.