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10 Jul

Sandra Helping Hearts At Subway 5K

Sandra and familyA Kirkcaldy woman will don a pair of running shoes on Sunday (12 July) to raise the profile of a rare heart condition at the SUBWAY Helping Hearts Family 5K in Edinburgh. Less than a year ago Sandra McLeod, from Coaltown of Wemyss suffered spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a rare emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in one of the heart’s blood vessels. 

Sandra has now fully recovered, and is doing the 5K at Holyrood Park to raise funds for national charity Heart Research UK as well as raising awareness of a condition that is still relatively rare. The 46-year-old was on a night out with friends in August last year when she suffered chest pains and was admitted to hospital for checks on her heart.  As a fit and healthy non-smoker of normal weight, her heart problem came out of the blue. While having an angiogram she had a second heart attack and it was discovered that there had been a complete dissection of one of her coronary arteries.
 
Sandra said of the experience: “There was no indication at all. I hadn’t had a stressful day, and was looking forward to going out on someone’s 50th birthday celebrations. Now I want to raise awareness of SCAD because there is still not a lot known about the condition – and I also want to raise more money for research and of course keep myself fit.”
 
Sandra, will be doing the 5K with her husband, Neil, and a group of about eight friends. Ten-year-old son Harley will also be there to take part in the family fun day events.
 
For more information and to register, go to the event website.