Welcome and thank you for visiting our blog. The British Heart Foundation Jersey Branch was established in 1972 to support the life saving research of the BHF. We have created this page to help Islanders keep up to date with local events, activities and ways in which you can support our local fight against heart disease.
Thank you so much to David Turner and to the Jersey Evening Post for sharing his story to help raise awareness of the life-threatening condition of Aortic Dissection.
David Turner, 42 has competed in 16 Natwest Island Games but ten years ago he was told he had a medical condition that could have killed him in minutes. David has very kindly shared his story with the JEP as part of the International Awareness Day for the condition.
David suffers from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues and ultimately is a direct cause of the relatively unknown condition aortic dissection. `
Mr Turner returned to Jersey having competed in his first Commonwealth Games in 2006 when he noticed a change in his breathing.Later that evening David went to A&E but was sent home with painkillers. Two days later, he visited his GP who listened to his heart and detected a murmur. He was booked in for an echocardiogram two weeks later. “I just felt like someone had taken 50% of my fitness away from me” said David “I had gone to work that morning and told colleagues I was going to the doctor for some checks and I would be back. I returned 13 weeks later. I was given blood pressure-reducing drugs as soon as I arrived in hospital.
“My artery could have burst at any time. If your artery bursts you have minutes to live. I had been in that position for two weeks and had no idea how serious my case was!”
One of David’s arteries was four times the size it should be and he was rushed to the Royal London Hospital for a life-saving operation and he now has a ticking heart.
For the full article, please pick up today’s JEP!
The BHF are committed to beating cardiovascular disease and have invested in a three year research project to better understand Aortic Dissection so that fewer people die prematurely. This research is only made available with the support of Islanders. Thank you so much to David for sharing your story. If you would like to support the BHF and their life-saving research, please consider fundraising for us locally.