Healthy living after a heart attack: David's story

Following a heart attack, David Hermelin, 71, made changes to improve his lifestyle and help his heart health. He explains the benefits healthy living has had for him and his wife Sam.

David Hermelin

David Hermelin, 71, from Somerset was diagnosed with angina in 2011, but otherwise felt healthy and stayed as active as possible. Recent ankle surgeries forced him to become more sedentary while he recovered, and he put on around two stone.

In September 2017, David and his wife Sam were in France on a caravanning holiday when David had a heart attack. He had an angioplasty procedure with two stents. The couple had started eating more healthily before the heart attack, following a friend’s recommendation to try Slimming World, and have continued since. “It was very much a lifestyle change as far as food went,” says David.

We feel better in ourselves. And losing a couple of inches off your waist is a big morale boost

“We used to have crisps, we put too much spread on sandwiches and I used to enjoy lager.

“I switched to zero-alcohol beer, we cut out snacking on chocolate and crisps, we do a lot of stir-fries with low-fat spray and chicken and vegetables. It’s become a habit now.”

David and Sam both lost two stone: “We feel better in ourselves. And losing a couple of inches off your waist is a big morale boost.”

With David’s ankle healed and his stents fitted, he was able to get active again. He now walks almost every day, gardens regularly and cycles with Sam in the warmer months. He says: “I’ve been feeling terrific.”

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