“Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was told that I would have to follow precautions and carefully look after my health. I was a happily married retired bookmaker, with three children and five grandchildren. Other than having diabetes I felt fit, happy and healthy.
“After picking up a leaflet in my doctor’s surgery, I decided to have my heart checked. My test revealed a possible problem and I was sent for an angiogram, which showed five blockages – three in the main arteries to the heart and two minor blockages. I was told the problem was serious and that I needed surgery.
“Just a few months later, I was recovering from a triple bypass surgery. I am grateful that my problem was picked up before I had symptoms and it became life-threatening.
“I hope my story will encourage people to monitor their heart health to avoid potentially serious problems, especially for people with diabetes as they often fall into a higher risk category for developing heart disease. I was not aware of this increased risk until I was diagnosed with heart disease one year ago.”