By the time we met the doctor I was convinced everything was fine and almost asleep from exhaustion and pain. The doctor measured my pulse and his face dropped. He asked the nurse to do the same and her face dropped too.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure rarely have any symptoms - which may be part of the reason why medication for these conditions isn't taken as prescribed. These conditions are invisible killers.
New heart statistics published this week are a welcome reminder of how far we've come in the past decade. Between 2002 and 2010, the proportion of people in the UK who die from a heart attack each year has more than halved.