Chris Morse’s story

An avid gym goer has shown his support for the charity Welsh Hearts, after he credited their heart screening initiative for saving his life.

Chris Morse, a personal trainer from Carmarthen, said:

“I’m a frequent gym goer with no history of any heart related problems within my family.

I attended a Welsh Hearts screening at David Lloyd gym in Cardiff on April 13th 2019, just under two weeks prior to my 33rd birthday.

I hadn’t previously suffered from any heart related problems, and thought I was in good physical health. I would never have even contemplated going for a heart check-up had I not been at the gym the day of the Welsh Hearts screening clinic.”

After undergoing an ECG and follow up echocardiogram scan at the clinic, cardiologists were able to diagnose Chris with a large aortic aneurysm, bicuspid aortic valve and a severely enlarged left ventricle. He was admitted into the University Hospital Wales immediately, where he then underwent open heart surgery.

Chris adds: “Thankfully the surgery was a success, and six months on, I am back to full health and feeling great. My parents and brother received follow up checks which thankfully came back all clear with no issues. My advice to anyone reading this would be to get yourself down to a Welsh Hearts screening clinic and get yourself examined. It will take a matter of minutes and could undoubtedly save your life, as I am sure it did for me.”

Welsh Hearts Charity Director Sharon Owen said: “So many heart conditions go undetected in young people, because they’re seemingly fit and healthy. To know that our heart screening initiative has picked up conditions that would have turned out to be fatal really emphasises the importance of heart screening, because it could have been a very different story if Chris hadn’t been at the gym on that day. We echo Chris’ message that everyone aged 8-45 should get themselves screened. It’s a simple test really could save your life.”  

Now, Chris has been invited by the charity to launch their annual Santa Dash around Cardiff Bay, the largest of its kind in Wales. Chris will be at the start line to fire the start gun and see the runners off on the 5K fun run, which takes place on Sunday 8th December. Welsh Hearts is encouraging all ages to take part, and for every participant or group who fundraises £995 in sponsorship, they will receive a defibrillator for their school, business or community.

 

For more information on Welsh Hearts’ heart screening initiative, please visit www.welshhearts.org/heart-screening-wales

To sign up for the Cardiff Santa & Elf Dash, please visit https://santadash.wales