Carlton Palmer, a former England football star, has been admitted to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack while running in the Sheffield half marathon on Sunday. The ex-midfielder felt his heart “play up” during the race and was taken to hospital for observation. Palmer revealed that he had suffered a suspected small heart attack and is undergoing tests to determine the cause of the problem. He has had heart problems before and underwent a life-saving five-hour operation in 2016. Palmer was raising money for several charities and is due to run the London Marathon on 28 April to raise funds for Cavendish Cancer Care.
Palmer’s wife, Lucy Kirkby-Palmer, who ran alongside him in the half marathon, tweeted a message of support, urging people to listen to their bodies and not to ignore warning signs. Chris Kamara, another former footballer, also tweeted his support for Palmer.
Palmer won 18 caps for England during his professional career, which spanned 19 years and eight clubs. He played mainly for Sheffield Wednesday, where he won the League Cup in 1991, and also finished as a runner-up in the competition with the Owls in 1993 and again with Leeds in 1996. Palmer also missed out on FA Cup final success after losing the 1993 final to Arsenal.
Palmer’s experience highlights the importance of listening to our bodies and seeking medical attention if we experience any unusual symptoms. Heart disease is a leading cause of death globally, and it is important to be aware of the risk factors and warning signs. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. Warning signs of a heart attack include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness or fainting, and pain or discomfort in the arms, neck, jaw, or back.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Prompt treatment can save lives and reduce the risk of complications. Treatment for heart disease may include lifestyle changes, medications, and/or surgery, depending on the severity of the condition.
In addition to seeking medical attention, there are several steps we can take to reduce our risk of heart disease. These include maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and managing stress. By making these lifestyle changes, we can improve our overall health and reduce our risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions.
Palmer’s experience serves as a reminder that heart disease can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. It is important to be aware of the risk factors and warning signs, and to seek medical attention if we experience any unusual symptoms. By taking care of our hearts, we can improve our overall health and well-being, and enjoy a longer, healthier life.