Wessex FM Speaks To Fabrice Muamba About His Collapse

Wessex FM Speaks To Fabrice Muamba About His Collapse

Published at 7:27am 15th March 2016. (Updated at 7:32am 16th March 2016)

There were no warning signs or symptoms as the 27-year-old's heart stopped for 78 minutes. Former premier league footballer Fabrice Muamba is raising awareness about high blood pressure in young men and women in Dorset.

Former premier league footballer Fabrice Muamba is raising awareness about high blood pressure in young men and women in Dorset.

It's been nearly four years since the Bolton player suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA cup match against Tottenham Hotspur.

There were no warning signs or symptoms as the 27-year-old's heart stopped for 78 minutes.

Speaking to WESSEX FM - Muamba is now urging us to book a doctor's appointment and get things checked out.

"We always got checked at the beginning of the season and every time I felt unwell I had to go straight to the doctor - so it's nothing to be ashamed of."

Fabrice’s life was saved by a cardiologist who happened to be watching the game from the stands.

There were no warning signs or symptoms to indicate that Fabrice had any heart problems and being a young, healthy sportsman he hadn’t even considered this to be a possibility.

Cardiac arrests are most commonly triggered by a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm called ‘ventricular fibrillation’ (VF). VF also has a number of its own causes, including coronary heart disease which can be affected by high blood pressure levels

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Pharmacist Salma Iqbal told Wessex FM the figures are very alarming.

"I think it's really concerning when over 5M people in the UK have undiagnosed blood pressure."

Muamba told Wessex FM: "I would recommend anybody who wants to get their blood pressure checked to go see their GP to make sure it's done properly."