York Heart Patient takes on Charity Trek
12:01am 20th November 2011
A York heart patient, who had a heart attack when she was just 40, is taking on a 17 mile trek to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Five years ago, Jacqui Rowe had been suffering with the flu. She had experienced heart burn but put it down to the cough medicine she was taking. Then without warning, Jacqui felt dizzy, she couldn’t breathe, had pins and needles and felt like she was going to vomit. She said the experience lasted around 20 seconds and felt fine afterwards.
As a precaution, her brother took her to the local hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where she was living at the time, and blood tests revealed she had suffered a heart attack.
“I didn’t know I had a heart attack until the doctors told me in hospital. I had no symptoms that I was aware of. I was fit and healthy. I was running up to 10k three times a week and I didn’t smoke so you just don’t expect that you will have a heart attack.”
A further angiogram showed that her left artery was 90% blocked and Jacqui was fitted with a stent. She began to get fit again and last year, Jacqui walked 850km across Spain to raise money for heart research.
Now Jacqui will join hundreds of walkers for the BHF’s High Peak Trail Winter Challenge Walk on Sunday 20th November. She hopes to raise several hundreds of pounds for the vital work of the BHF and is urging other people to sign up.
The event follows the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, which offers views of the stunning Derbyshire countryside, including the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site.
“I have been living in York for six months and after my heart attack and subsequent stenting, I decided that I would support the heart charity wherever I lived. I hope that other people will join me and take on this walk to help the BHF.”
BHF Regional Events Organiser Helen Whiteley said:
“I would like to thank Jacqui for taking part in this event after what she has been through. The High Peak Trail Winter Challenge Walk is a fantastic event and I really hope that other people will sign up and support Jacqui and the BHF.”
PICTURE: Jacqui Rowe
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