At approximately 00.30 on 16th June 2013 I awoke with a severe tightening in my chest. I was having a heart attack.
I was 42 years old, happily married with two beautiful daughters.
It was a shock. Definitely not something I'd planned for!
I've been very lucky. I was treated immediately and didn't experience any further complications. After spending four days in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, I returned home and have been rehabilitating ever since.
There are lots of people that aren't so lucky. 1 in 3 people that have Heart Attacks in the UK do not make it to hospital.
What happened to me could happen to anyone. It's a scary business!
I'm doing these rides for 3 reasons:
1. To give something back as a huge "Thank You!" for all the help and support I've received since my Heart Attack;
2. To raise awareness. Prevention is the best treatment; and
3. Selfishly, to give myself a bit of a challenge and a focus to stay / get fit!
You can follow my journey at http://www.heartattackwaitingtohappen.com
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