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World Heart Day - Euan's Story

After having what can be described as a ‘silent’ heart attack, 62-year-old cyclist Euan Cameron, from Edinburgh, was shocked when he suddenly felt seriously unwell on holiday.

“It happened in October 2018 while I was on a cycling holiday in Spain with friends. I found myself struggling to get up the hills when usually I’d be racing ahead of the group.
“I was very out of breath and had some tingles in my arm. I felt a tightness under my chin but just thought it was the strap on my helmet causing a bit of friction and didn’t think too much of it.

“My wife decided to call a friend of ours who is a cardiac nurse to get some advice and she recommended I get checked out, so I went to the local clinic in Girona.

“I’ll never forget the doctor coming back to me and saying, “I’m very sorry to tell you - you’ve had a heart attack.”

Euan, who had always been active and healthy, was shocked by this news and had concerns about his recovery. He found advice and support in our Advice Line.

“I was completely floored. I’ve always been active and health issues hadn’t ever crossed my mind. When these things happen to you, you’re more vulnerable than you ever really know. I had concerns about my recovery and at one point was feeling quite down.

“I called the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line and said I was worried about my health. The nurse was absolutely amazing. I felt like she really listened to me and answered all of my questions. I was quite emotional about it all but she made me feel at ease.”

If you or someone you care for has suffered a heart attack and could benefit from support, please contact our Advice Line on 0808 801 0899.

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