18 April 2012
An upcoming storyline on well-loved soap Coronation Street will see one of the show's most popular characters suffering a heart attack.
Next week, viewers will watch as the health of Audrey Roberts, played by Sue Nicholls, deteriorates following an argument with her family.
In light of the storyline, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) pointed out that members of the public should check to see if their lifestyle is putting their health at risk.
According to the organisation, the mortality rates of heart disease are three times greater than breast cancer where British women are concerned.
Doireann Maddock, a senior cardiac nurse at the BHF, pointed out that the character of Audrey has been displayed as "a seemingly fit and healthy woman" and so the action next week should act as "a real wake-up call".
"We're urging all women to take our online lifestyle check, it takes less than ten minutes but could help make a big difference to your heart health in the future," she added.
Recent research by the University of Bristol's School of Clinical Sciences has suggested that pain during a heart attack can reduce the damage which the condition causes.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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