Couple’s efforts fund vital research

Liam Breslin running the Bristol Half Marathon for SCAD research PHOTO: Supplied
Liam Breslin running the Bristol Half Marathon for SCAD research PHOTO: Supplied
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A MELTON couple are stepping up their campaign to raise funds and awareness of a rare and poorly understood cardiac condition.

Rebecca Breslin suffered a heart attack in March – she was just 34 at the time – as a result of a sudden tear to a coronary artery which blocked the flow of blood to the heart.

Together with family and friends she organised a sponsored walk in Melton Country Park in May and now husband Liam has completed the Bristol Half Marathon.

Together the pair, of Wren Close, have raised about £950 for SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) research at the pioneering Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA.

Rebecca said: “Liam started using my treadmill when I was in hospital to pass the time and relieve stress between visiting hours as well as to improve his fitness after our ‘wake-up call’ that anyone really can suffer a heart attack.

“It was his first half marathon and he did brilliantly, finishing in 1 hour 40 minutes and making a heart sign for me as he crossed the line.

“The sum we have raised so far, a little over $1,500, would pay the initial enrolment of 10 SCAD patients into a study or for the detailed analysies of six SCAD coronary angiograms by an interventional cardiologist.”

To date Rebecca has been in contact with 21 SCAD patients in the UK and has also been working with the British Heart Foundation to raise awareness of this rare condition. It will be featuring two of her fellow ‘SCAD survivors’ in its Heart Matters magazine in January.

l To find out more about SCAD visit www.scadresearch.org