In a letter to her younger self, Jelica Holmes reflects on how a heart attack and heart failure diagnosis taught her the importance of balance.
After surviving cancer and a motorcycle accident, Keith had a heart attack. Find out how his friends and family manage to keep him positive.
After a sudden stroke at the age of 49 Lil Sullivan's life changed forever. She tells us about how intensive physiotherapy and her love of art have helped her retain her sense of self.
Frances' daughter Beatrice was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect at just four days old. In a letter to herself just after she gave birth, Frances reflects on the highs and lows of being a new mother.
Susan Hill, from Melbourne, Australia, wrote this powerful poem about her experience of pericarditis.
Being in the military prepared Mark Fordham to take on life’s challenges. He tells us how emergency heart surgery and its aftermath would prove to be his toughest battle so far.
Life doesn’t stop when you develop heart problems, and to prove that here are five people who went on to do amazing things.
After a series of heart attacks, Martin Brooke was forced to stop playing his beloved squash. In a letter to himself before his heart problems, he reflects on the challenges of recovery and the importance of perspective.
Steve Foreman, from London, was a security adviser in Ethiopia when he suffered a heart attack, and then a cardiac arrest. His heart problems changed his relationship with his body. Now aged 66, he shares his story.
Helen Doyle thought her running dreams might be over when she was diagnosed with a heart problem. See how she's gone from surgery to the London Marathon.
In a letter to her younger self, Laura Donald reflects on the emotional and physical challenges she faced as a new mother diagnosed with heart failure.
Kieran was born with a heart condition and developed heart failure in his 30s. Find out how a heart transplant has transformed his relationship with his body.
When her son became unwell on his 16th birthday, Inderdeep Birk never expected to discover an inherited heart condition that would change life for the whole family. She tells us her story.
Walking on the South Downs and listening to music helped Stewart Prosser find his way after a heart attack, as he tells Sarah Brealey
David Morgan became the first fighter pilot with a hole in the heart. He tells Lucy Trevallion how he refused to let his heart problem stop his dreams coming true.
In a letter to her younger self, Sarah Woodford reflects on how a heart condition made her a better nurse, and looks back at her journey from cardiac arrest to returning to work with an ICD.
Sheila Davies has lived with heart problems since she was a child. She tells Lucy Trevallion how she's been able to stay strong and live well.
Stroke can be sudden and devastating, but for some people, there are new horizons beyond it. Sarah Brealey hears the stories of three inspiring survivors.
Jim Lynskey is the youngest person in the UK living with an left ventricular assist device, a mechanical heart pump that keeps him alive. Read about his experience and watch a video of Jim talking about his daily life.
Mike Keavey faced multiple heart problems, but he's loving life again after finding new interests and rekindling old ones, as he tells Rachel Healy.
Steve Brine MP, Minister for Public Health and Primary Care, explains his ambitions to help people live healthier lifestyles, and how his department is supporting the NHS through changing demands.
After a distinguished scientific career, our new Medical Director Professor Sir Nilesh Samani is helping us shape the direction of research in the UK and beyond. He talks to Sarah Brealey.
After a heart attack Caroline’s confidence plummeted, but she wouldn’t let it hold her back from travelling the world. Watch the video and hear her story.
Bruce Cripps' heart problems began when he was 57. He tells Lucy Trevallion how positivity and his hobbies have helped him stay strong over the last 20 years.
After recovering from a heart attack, maritime enthusiast Paul resumed his adventurous life. He tells Lucy Trevallion how he did it.
Barry Meldrum developed heart problems when he was in his 30s, and has lived with a pacemaker ever since. But he hasn't let his health problems stop him living a full and happy life, as he tells Lucy Trevallion.
Martin Fennings' heart attack and surgery inspired major lifestyle changes and huge weight loss. He tells us his story.
Video: 3 members of the Symonds family live with heart conditions, but they help one another through the toughest times
Andrea Outram explains how rehabilitation and support from her family helped her to regain her confidence after a stroke
Taking on Lord Sugar and his boardroom challenge was the goal Ruth Whiteley needed to get through her health issues, as she tells Sarah Brealey
Roger Black, Olympic silver medallist and world champion, is our latest Research Ambassador. He answers our questions on his changing exercise regime, top tips to stay active, and what motivates him.
Heart rhythm problems left Andrew McDonald feeling low. But a lifelong dream of flying a Spitfire helped him get off the ground, reports Sarah Brealey.
Cardiac rehabilitation helped John McGhee recover from heart bypass surgery and before long, he was exploring South America.
Roy Payton has no plans to slow down. A roller-skating enthusiast, he is a firm believer in growing old and getting bolder.
Barbara Hardy’s friends and family supported her after a heart attack. In turn, supporting others helped Barbara carry on. We hear her story.
Barbara lost confidence when she had a heart attack and heart surgery, but friends and family helped her find her feet. See the touching pictures with Barbara's inspirational words.
After heart valve surgery, Ian Ayling followed his dream to become a groundsman at Twickenham. We hear how family and colleagues help him stay strong.
Swimming has been a source of strength for Maria Davey, who was born with a heart condition. We hear all about it.
Michelle Houston had heart surgery in her 20s. Gradually she's learned to view her scar as a sign of bravery.
Shell Williams found that revealing her heart surgery scar in a fundraising calendar helped her to come to terms with it.
Valerie Johnson couldn't bear to look in the mirror because of the scar from her heart bypass surgery. But support from her family and a new partner helped her to come to terms with it.
Dealing with heart problems caused Colin Mallen to lose faith in his body. He tells us how he’s conquered his fears.
When Colin Mallen developed heart problems that threatened his job and his hobbies, his partner Shirley supported him – and they went on to have a perfect wedding.
Sometimes the road to recovery is a long, hard slog, but the right support can make that journey easier, as David Presland tells us.
When Chris Courtenay Williams had a heart attack, he feared he’d have to quit his favourite game. He tells us how he got back to playing 5-a-side..
Heart valve surgery led James Cadman to look for a new way to keep active. He tells us how his hobby is a source of strength in more ways than one.
Sean Doyle, 47, from Huddersfield, was a keen marathon runner. Since his heart attack, he’s had to make some changes, but inspired by Heart Matters, he's still out running.
Heart failure has meant that Ruth Rogers can't do as much gardening as she used to. But inspired by Heart Matters, she's found ways to carry on with her beloved hobby.
Sue Hulme suffered a heart attack on the day her father passed away. We hear how she and her mother gain strength from one another.
John Morgan was helped through a long hospital stay by friends, healthcare professionals and his wife’s love.
Martin Woolcott adjusted to life with an ICD and now he can’t stop cycling. He tells us about his biggest biking adventures.
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is a pioneer of heart surgery, including child heart surgery and heart transplants. Read our exclusive interview.
Leanne Clarke was born with heart problems, and her mum has been there for her ever since. Now she's become a mum herself against the odds. Read their touching story and watch the video.
Read how a heart rhythm problem hasn’t stopped Carl Portman’s jungle adventures, and watch a video of Carl with his spiders and talking about his implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Our Poetry Corner features moving and often entertaining poems by Heart Matters readers, about any aspect of heart disease or caring for someone.
After suffering a heart attack, Mark Harrison found solace in running. He tells us about discovering the ‘runner’s high’, and why he’s raising money for the BHF.