Heart patient urges people to feel beat

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A SOUTH Yorkshire cardiac patient is urging people to feel the beat and take part in a mass Zumbathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Mum-of-two Joanne Ward, of Kiveton Park, Sheffield, suffered a heart attack four days after giving birth to her youngest son, Tyler.

The 36-year-old suffered from spontaneous dissection of the coronary artery which left her with a severely damaged heart.

Joanne had an emergency double heart bypass in April 2005 and is trying to rebuild her life with her husband Darren and children Callum, aged 14, and six-year-old Tyler.

But she still suffers angina, breathlessness and palpitations and may have to have a heart transplant.

Although Joanne is unable to take part herself due to her heart condition, she is urging as many people as possible to join the Sheffield Zumbathon to raise money for the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal – funding research in the hope medics will be able to literally ‘mend broken hearts’ in as little as 10 years’ time.

The Latin dance themed fitness workout costs £5 and will be held at Don Valley Stadium on July 10. Visit www.bhf.org.uk/sheffieldzumbathon.