University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre


In 2014 I went for a routine echocardiogram, it was just a routine check-up and Dr Chin then told me that he had some bad news for me, that he had found an aneurysm in my aortic valve and that he would need to speak to a surgeon. Once I had met my surgeon I then realised how serious it was. I had an aneurysm the size of a golf ball in my aortic valve. I obviously asked him the question, am I going to die? And he just said, “well put it this way if you were my family member I would tell you to go ahead and do it.” So I just went ahead and agreed that surgery was the only option. When I met Sophie for the first time it was clear to me that she had an underlying genetic condition that was in all likelihood responsible for her heart failure, her valve disease and the aneurysm of her aorta. If she’d known about this genetic condition at a younger age then she may have been able to receive treatment that would have slowed the progression of her heart disease. What I realised was that routine testing for genetic abnormalities in a young woman, with these diseases affecting her heart was not routine, but what you’re talking about is a very complex intervention. How do you prove that imaging and genetic testing and genetic counselling is going to improve the lives of patients and the relatives of those who are affected? Our research we hope will enable that. It’s really empowering to know that what’s happened to me personally has led to further research. The work that they do is unbelievable and thank goodness for it. So I don’t regret it, no way I do not regret it because I feel alive.

1 thought on “University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre

  1. Wonderful team!!!! God bless you and your efforts!

    Oh and by the way…little sis right there at 1:27…Doctor Furaha Asani!!!!!!!

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