Cardio 16th June 2016

How to mend a (real) broken heart

When a valve in Katja Jensen’s heart stopped working properly, doctors said surgery would be too risky. But doing nothing wasn’t an option, either. Katja found out that her aortic valve had narrowed to one-third of its normal ...

by Karen Finn

Cardio 31st March 2016

The price of life

A nine-year-old girl from Bangladesh needs a €5,000 heart operation but her family’s income is just €70 per month. Now a charity is stepping in to provide less-invasive surgery – for free Fima has a hole in her heart. It causes palpitations ...

by Gary Finnegan

Cardio 27th January 2016

Out of breath? It may not be your lungs

Mike Higginbottom blamed his struggles with exercise on being unfit…until his heart stopped beating one day at the gym. “Apparently I pirouetted off the cross trainer, fell on my back and hit my head. I was out like a ...

by Karen Finn

Cardio 9th December 2015

Saying thanks in a heartbeat

Daniel Titley found a way to show his gratitude 23 years after receiving a donor heart from 14-year-old Stephen Norris, who’d lost his life in a bike accident. Unfortunately, he couldn’t thank Stephen himself, so he did the next ...

by Karen Finn

Cardio 28th September 2015

Mending hearts with traditional skills

What do you do if your three-year-old gets tired after walking just one block and almost faints and turns purple when crying? Cynthia had these symptoms because she was letting out large amounts of blood through a small hole in ...

by Andrea Stadil Glahn

Cardio 2nd April 2015

How does it feel to have a stroke?

Jill Bolte Taylor woke one morning with a pounding pain behind her left eye. It was like the pain you get when you bite into ice-cream. 'It just gripped me and then released me; gripped me and released me.' ...

by Gary Finnegan

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