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Heart disease sufferer supporting charity day.

Byline: JOANNE DOUGLAS joanne.douglas@examiner.co.uk @joannedouglas0

A BRIGHOUSE man waiting for a heart transplant is sharing his story to help others.

Darren Gibson, 50, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and severe heart failure in 2004, but it took many years to get a diagnosis.

In dilated cardiomyopathy the muscle walls of the heart become stretched and thin, so they can't contract (squeeze) properly to pump blood around the body.

Next month, on June 3, Darren will be supporting Cardiomyopathy UK at an information day at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre, St Peter's House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford.

Mr Gibson said as a child he struggled to keep up with the pace of sports.

While working as a truck driver he experienced severe chest pains but doctors put it down to panic attacks and anxiety, and he was later treated for ME, but he had a nagging feeling it was something worse.

In 2003 he saw a new doctor and was finally given a diagnosis that made sense to him - he had dilated cardiomyopathy and severe heart failure.

He's had a pacemaker fitted but since 2011 he's been waiting for a heart transplant.

Darren said: "I just knew deep down something wasn't right every time I went to the doctor.

"Cardiomyopathy is difficult to detect and if not diagnosed the consequences can be devastating. "Whilst not everyone will experience cardiomyopathy in the same way as I have, I hope my story can inspire others to recognise the signs and symptoms of the condition before it's too late."

Visit www.cardiomyopathy.org

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 30, 2017
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