Rock Up In Red to help support British Heart Foundation
A CARDIAC patient is urging more people to raise awareness of heart disease by supporting National Heart Month.
Edward Maxworthy’s life was turned upside down last year when he suffered a heart attack in his 70s.
The Immingham resident knows his smoking habit contributed to this and hopes others can quit the addiction before they suffer as well.
Mr Maxworthy, 72, recalls experiencing chest pains towards the end of last year which gradually became worse over a few days.
Eventually he was rushed to Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, where various tests were carried out, confirming his worst fear.
He said: “I was rushed immediately to Castle Hill Hospital in Hull for surgery, after being told I was having a heart attack.
“Cardiac surgeons inserted a stent into my main artery – a procedure done to help relieve any blockage or narrowing.
“I would like to have thought I was a healthy person, I used to walk a lot and tried to keep myself active.
“But obviously smoking around 10 cigarettes a day took its toll.”
Since having the stent fitted and attending a cardiac rehab programme at the hospital, Mr Maxworthy is gradually getting back to his old self with no further complications.
Now as National Heart Month during February draws nearer, he is encouraging others to support the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and spread the word about heart disease.
He said: “People need to look after their heart, we only have the one and I have had an alarming wake up call to alter my ways.
“I have quit the smoking and hopefully my story will persuade other smokers to do the same before it’s too late.”
On Friday, the BHF is kickstarting National Heart Month by holding Rock Up In Red day.
The charity wants businesses, individuals and schools to don their brightest red attire on the day and help raise some vital money.
The idea is for people to pay £2 and wear something red to help raise awareness – schools can pay £1 per pupil.
Funds will go directly towards vital research and care for those suffering with heart disease.
Rebecca Bingham, 35, of Immingham, is trying to set up a local BHF fundraising group. People can turn up to an informal meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at Walters Bar, in Grimsby, from 5pm to 7pm.
She said: “Anyone interested in being part of the local BHF fundraising group can come between these times to put their name down.
“Setting up this group will put North East Lincolnshire on the map again as an area committed to improving our health.
“I aim to set up various events and activities that will raise money through the year.”
To take part in Rock Up In Red, visit www.bhf.org.uk/red