Heart-felt warning from a councillor

Coun Paul Collins
Coun Paul Collins

A WIGAN councillor is warning people to keep an eye on their heart health after he was admitted to hospital following a cardiac episode.

Coun Paul Collins, who represents Shevington-with-Lower-Ground, is now at home recovering after he suffered a setback with his diagnosed condition of atrial fibrillation, which causes an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate.

But the scare has made the father-of-three take his health seriously.

He said: “I am feeling much better now and would like to express a sincere thank you to my colleagues and members of the public for their best wishes and messages of support, which are all warmly received and very much appreciated.

“I would also like to extend a huge thank you to our NHS staff who were amazing as always and it is important that we recognise that our NHS staff often work very hard and long hours dedicated to saving and improving lives on a daily basis and unfortunately it is only when you are at your worst that you get the opportunity to see them at their best for which I am eternally grateful as I am sure you are.”

Around one million people in the UK have atrial fibrillation and when undetected and not treated, can be lead to other serious illnesses and increases the risk of a stroke.

Atrial fibrillation occurs when abnormal electrical impulses override the heart’s natural pacemaker, which causes a highly irregular pulse rate. Symptoms include tiredness, breathlessness, feeling faint or light-headed and chest pains.

Coun Collins added: “The bottom line is to be aware, be informed and if you suspect you may have atrial fibrillation or any other issue with your heart then contact your GP who can advise you on the best course of action.”