Every day this week, a historic series of four-page pullouts is packed with inspiring stories and advice from the archives of our essential good health section.
Today, the long battle to fight heart disease began in 2007 with an interview with the late Sir Roger Moore. The star talked about finding out she had heart disease after she collapsed on stage in a Broadway production.
He used his celebrity clout to lobby for greater awareness of bradycardia (an abnormally slow heart rhythm). Sir Roger died of cancer in 2017.
Sir Roger Moore’s famously dry wit does not leave him, even as he contemplates how he has faced death and undergone several medical procedures.
‘I have some pieces in sample jars around the world,’ he says. ‘I hope I will have enough to put in my coffin when I die.’
He battles imaginary enemies in the 1960s TV series The Saint, The Persuader! in the 1970s, and later as the star of seven James Bond films.
Offscreen he has had to fight for his life many times. He came close to death as a little boy after contracting double pneumonia in the pre-antibiotics era. Suffering from prostate cancer in 1993, he faced his own mortality and made life-changing decisions as a result.
And he was diagnosed with a fatal slow heartbeat after falling on stage four years ago.
Sir Roger says, ‘I was told that I could die at any time and that I would have to have a life-saving cardiac pacemaker installed the very next day.
He blacked out without warning during his star turn in The Play What I Wanted, the Morecambe and Wise tribute show, on Broadway in May 2003.
The star talks about finding out she has heart disease after she collapses on stage in her Broadway production
‘We were doing a song-dance number. I went to say my line at the end of the dance and then I thought: ‘Where did the wind go’? I heard a bang, my head hitting the stage as I head-first, but luckily my scalp was protected by the wig I was wearing.
‘After a little water, I started feeling better and decided to go on with the show. I felt very brave and as I went back, I felt an added joy.’
Although he makes fun of it now, he was unintentionally risking his life by not getting immediate treatment. He didn’t feel that his heart had stopped for several seconds.
ECG tests, which show how electrical signals travel through the heart, were suffering from established Sir Roger bradycardia, or an abnormally slow heart rhythm—below 60 beats per minute.
The condition prevents the body from getting enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly.
It is more common in older people when the body’s natural pacemaker cells in the heart can stop working properly.
ECG tests, which show how electrical signals travel through the heart, were suffering from established Sir Roger bradycardia, or an abnormally slow heart rate—less than 60 beats per minute
Symptoms may include dizziness, fatigue and shortness of breath. But Sir Roger had none of them and the first time he felt something was wrong he fainted.
Sitting in a hospital in New York, he took a phone call from his California cardiologist, who had an alarming news.
‘I said I was planning to leave America and he warned me not to get on the plane because I could die at any time.’ Sir Roger was transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where an artificial heart pacemaker was implanted the next day.
When the pacemaker detects that the wearer’s heart rate has dropped, it sends an electrical signal, which causes the heart to contract.
In heart patients with the need to avoid general anesthesia, the pacemaker is usually inserted under local anaesthetic. Sir Roger was about 76 years old at the time and remembers feeling nervous.
Shortly after, he met Sir Elton John, who also has a cardiac pacemaker. ‘I told Elton that I would have a zip fastener so they could change the battery.’
Elton countered with even greater vanity. ‘She said she had a diamond-studded zip.’
Joking aside, without a cardiac pacemaker, which is usually replaced when the battery runs out, between five and seven years, Sir Roger is unlikely to survive more than two years as there is no other reliable one for his condition. There was no treatment.
He recalls: ‘I was told that if I had it 30 years ago, I would have died. A serious thought.’
Now, Sir Roger is the patron of STARS (The Syncope Trust and the Reflex Anoxic Seizures Charity), which provides support on syncope – mysterious blackouts – and reflex anoxic seizures, the latter experienced mostly by children, which can damage their hearts and lungs. stop. up to 30 seconds.
“I was lucky to have a quick diagnosis in America otherwise, I couldn’t be here,” he said.
How to survive a heart attack: Two men enter A&E with chest pains – but only one survives. Difference? his first few minutes in the hospital
17 May 2016
by Thea Jordan
Every seven minutes someone will have a heart attack in the UK. They occur when the blood supply to the heart muscle is partially or completely blocked, and is always a life-threatening emergency.
In England, about 50,000 men and 32,000 women suffer a heart attack each year, and about a third will die. Quality of care in the first few hours can mean the difference between life and death.
However, while survival rates have doubled since the 1970s, there are worrying signs of a growing gap between the care given to the most critically ill patients in specialized heart centers and the care provided at A&E, where Most ‘walking’ heart attack victims end up dying. .
The most serious type of heart attack occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is completely cut off.
Symptoms are typically severe chest pain that radiates to the jaw, shoulders, and arms, as well as heavy sweating and breathlessness.
Less severe heart attacks may cause angina-like symptoms (chest pain or discomfort, nausea, dizziness) that come and go. However, all can be fatal….