In October 2015, Andrew suffered a serious heart attack while he was out doing some early Christmas shopping with his wife. Andrew was taken to hospital and rushed into surgery where doctors inserted two stents into his coronary arteries to help restore blood flow to his heart.
Now I make the most of my life and give everything a go. It's thanks to BHF research that I'm still alive, and by taking on the London to Brighton Bike Ride I can help give something back.
Andrew took six weeks off work to recover from his surgery. By the Christmas he was back on his feet and determined to stick to his plans to fly his wife out to Australia for her 60th birthday. An hour into the fight Andrew began experiencing chest pains. He spent five hours on the aeroplane floor receiving medical attention from cabin crew, until finally the flight was diverted and made an emergency landing in Kuwait airport. Andrew was rushed to hospital and spent three days in intensive care.
“I cried my eyes out all the way home. I saw the Dartford Tunnel and I just wanted to get home. I nearly died and I think the shock of it really knocked me for six. Afterwards my GP told me that I need to do something about my health and get moving. I remember thinking to myself I’m not ready to die. There’s too much out there I want to do. I want to watch my grandchildren grow up. Now I make the most of my life and give everything a go. It’s thanks to BHF research that I’m still alive, and by taking on the London to Brighton Bike Ride I can help give something back.”
It’s this same commitment that has seen Andrew get back on a bike after at least 20 years of not riding at all. On his first attempt, Andrew could just about manage two miles, yet six months ago Andrew took part in a 54 mile cycling event with his friend and training partner Colin. Andrew is now determined to repeat his success at the London to Brighton Bike Ride.
Heart attack history
Our life saving research over the past 50 years has helped to revolutionise treatments which means that around 70% of people now survive a heart attack.
But there is still so much more we can do. To help us fund our vital research, you can take part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2017. Help us ride all over heart disease.