Having been active his whole life until recently, Johnny was shocked to be diagnosed at 35. He’s learned the importance of looking after himself now, not just in the future.
I didn’t think I needed to worry about my health
I have always been very active and I had the mindset that because I exercise a lot I don't really have to worry about the other side of my health, like eating a balanced diet and not drinking too much alcohol. But over the last few years, with becoming a parent, the opportunities to exercise became less and less.
I had heard of high blood pressure as my mother had been prescribed tablets and my grandfather had it too, but I was 35 and thought it was for the older generation. It was a bit of shock when I was diagnosed and the thought of taking tablets every day for the rest of my life was daunting.
A small price to pay
I am more aware of looking after myself now, eating the right things, drinking in moderation and taking regular exercise, without making drastic changes. But the things I used to take for granted and the attitude of 'that will never happen to me' has changed. I know I need to look after myself better now, and not just in the future, if I am going to lower my chances of ill health.
I would strongly urge everyone to get checked out no matter how fit and healthy you think you are, as we are hearing more and more about the younger generation having heart attacks. My medication works great for me and taking two simple tablets on a daily basis is a very small price to pay to help stave off something serious happening to me.
Johnny Whelan, 42, Dundee.
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