Graeme Souness announced as Ambassador for Research

21 July 2016        

graeme souness, ambassador for the BHF

Sky Sports pundit, Graeme Souness has joined our fight for every heartbeat by becoming our Ambassador for Research.

Graeme first became aware of our life saving research after being diagnosed with coronary heart disease at the age of 38 when he underwent a triple heart bypass.

Ten years later, Graeme had a stent fitted as another of his arteries had become blocked and in November 2015, Graeme was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home.

Speaking of his recent appointment, Graeme said: “When I was diagnosed with coronary heart disease, I was as fit as any other player on the pitch.  I never thought I’d be the type of person to get heart disease but if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.  

“In the UK, every eight minutes someone dies from coronary heart disease, so during a 90 minute match from kick-off to the final whistle, an entire team of 11 players could be taken away from their friends and family. 

“Each year the British Heart Foundation funds £100 million of research in its fight against heart disease. I’m proud to be on their side as an Ambassador for Research but they urgently need more support to help end this suffering.

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