Roger's Story

Sixty-something Roger Davies was a very fit man, having previously taken part in the Tough Guy race and other endurance events. He was feeling fine as he was powering towards 10,000m on a rowing machine during a daily fitness session, then the next moment he found himself lying on the floor.

Roger felt a pain in his chest, which initially made him think he’d pulled a muscle. But the pain soon led to a complete loss of energy. Roger was rushed to hospital with what was eventually diagnosed as a severe angina attack, a condition caused by a temporary reduction in the blood flow to the heart muscle.

At St Georges Hospital in London, doctors identified that the angina was caused by coronary artery disease (CAD) – where the blood vessels serving the heart become narrow or blocked, leading to an inadequate supply of blood to the heart. There are 1.5 million people in the UK who have coronary artery disease and 300,000 people every year have a heart attack.