Getting to the heart of the matter
When Chris McGeehan was told he would need a triple heart bypass it came as a bolt from the blue.
The experienced business consultant from Glasgow had always considered himself to be in good health and made sure a healthy diet and regular exercise was part of his routine.
However, after feeling unwell in 2016, Mr McGeehan (56) went for a routine health check which quickly identified he was at risk from the effects of a cardiovascular disease.
The six-hour bypass surgery was scheduled within days and it quickly became clear how life-changing this would be for him even before he had left the hospital.
There he saw first-hand the impact heart and circulatory diseases can have on people, and how important support from British Hearth Foundation Scotland is.
Mr McGeehan supports Aberdeen-based communications company Jasmine Limited which has also been affected by cardiovascular disease in recent years and is the reason why the company has established a fundraising link with British Heart Foundation Scotland.
Keith Tait, a director of Printagraph before the company merged into Jasmine passed away in 2012 following a heart attack. Sadly, Keith Adams, Jasmine’s production director, also passed away suddenly in June this year due to an undiagnosed heart condition.
Mr McGeehan, who has returned to work after a successful operation and a period of recovery, said: “It came as a big shock to be told I needed triple bypass surgery as I have been fortunate to enjoy good health throughout my life.
“Going through the medical process and my operation really opened my eyes to how dramatic an impact heart surgery can have on people. It really does change your outlook on life and focuses the mind on how to take better care of yourself.
“I also got to see how important the work of British Heart Foundation Scotland is for those who require support. Cardiovascular disease is more common than people realise, and it can have a huge impact on your health.”
As part of Jasmine’s partnership with British Heart Foundation Scotland, the business will donate five percent of any new client’s office printing spend on a ‘cost per print’ basis to the charity.
It’s hoped the new partnership will raise significant funds for the charity, which is the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK.
Heart and circulatory disease cause more than a quarter (27 percent) of all deaths in Scotland, more than 15,000 deaths per year. Every month 2,100 people will go to hospital as a result of a heart attack and 685,000 people are living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
Mr McGeehan keeps a close eye on his health now he is back at work and follows guidance he received from British Heart Foundation Scotland to keep healthy.
He said: “There are a number of things you can do to improve your heart’s health, such as staying active, managing your weight, cutting down on salt and saturated fat, eating fish and of course your five a day fruit and vegetables. It all adds up and can make a big difference.
“The key preventative measures are getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked as they can be indicators that there’s an issue with your heart which needs to be addressed.
“I feel very proud that Jasmine has joined forces with British Heart Foundation Scotland and we hope our contribution can help them to end heart disease.”
Jasmine Limited is an Aberdeen-based communication business engaged in marketing, advertising, PR, print, digital media, emergency media response and document management solutions.
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