Jason’s pacemaker keeps him on track
IT’S full speed ahead with a pacemaker for a Warwick manager who is taking to the open roads in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Jason Hersey, who works as a treasury manager for telecommunications company Telent, knew he wasn’t the fittest man in the world but he didn’t expect to have heart trouble in his early forties.
It was only after a series of mysterious fainting fits that he finally sought medical advice and was told his heart kept stopping for up to 20 seconds at a time.
On one occasion, Jason was out fishing with a friend and realised he could have toppled over into the water. He stopped driving and began wearing a lifejacket.
But at first, doctors couldn’t decide whether Jason’s problem was linked to his epilepsy, which is well under control, or was actually linked to his heart.
It was only in the middle of last year that they suggested he have a heart monitor implanted to record what happened whenever he fainted.
“That’s when they told me my heart was actually stopping for 20 seconds at a time and that I couldn’t leave hospital until I’d had a pacemaker fitted,” said Jason.
Since then he’s been taking much greater care of his health, losing weight and joining a cycling club.
Which is why at the end of this month he will be joining hundreds of other riders on the British Heart Foundation’s Warwickshire Bike Ride which starts at Stoneleigh Park.
Still stunned at his good fortunate Jason told fellow Telent workers: “I’m lucky to be alive and now the time has come for me to give something back.”
He will be opting for the full 50-mile circuit on September 30 when he hopes to raise some £700 in sponsorship.
To sponsor Jason or find out more about the 30 or 50 mile circuit visit www.bhf.org.uk or ring 0800 169 3672.
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