AN Edinburgh woman who collapsed from a life-threatening heart condition just two weeks after getting married four years ago is backing a new charity drive.
Danielle Urquhart, 26, is urging everyone to wear red on a special day next month to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Instead of celebrating the start of married life, she was rushed to hospital where was diagnosed with Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia and Supraventricular Tachycardia, where the heart beats abnormally fast. It came after a year which had seen Danielle collapse another ten times.
In September 2013, Danielle had a cardiac catheter ablation, a procedure to help control her heart rhythm, and was fitted with a pacemaker.
The procedure was incredibly dangerous as there was a chance the ablation could have led to paralysis in Danielle’s diaphragm.
She now wants to help the BHF fund research that will help us better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions like abnormal heart rhythms.
She is calling on the nation to join the fight against heart disease by wearing red and hosting a fundraising event on Friday 9 June as part of the British Heart Foundation’s Wear it. Beat it. campaign.
Danielle said: “Growing up, I would faint quite often but I always put it down to being too tired. But in June 2012, I felt my heart beating really fast. The next thing I remember is being in an ambulance.
“I’d never even heard of the two conditions I was finally diagnosed with, but I thought that it would mark the end of my fainting episodes and I could focus on being a wife to my new husband Douglas.
“But it kept happening and after collapsing ten times, I felt enough was enough. I was angry as I knew that it could be dangerous if I landed on my head.
“A cardiac catheter ablation was my only option and although there was a chance it could leave my diaphragm paralysed, I went ahead with the procedure and was also fitted with a pacemaker. It was incredibly scary but I knew that there was no alternative.
“Thankfully the procedure was successful and we are now a family of three. With an unexpected start to married life, I now try to do as much as I can for the BHF and I’m joining thousands of others by wearing red for the charity’s Wear it. Beat it. campaign.”
Last year more than 15,000 people took part in Wear it. Beat it., raising more than £750,000. The BHF is calling for even more of you to get involved this year and help raise in excess of £1million for the charity’s heart research.