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RACHEL HEART PERIL; Rod ex has weak valve but won't stop working.

Byline: JAMES WEATHERUP

ROD Stewart's ex-wife Rachel Hunter has a potentially fatal heart condition.

The former model-turned-actress suffers from mitral valve prolapse - a weak heart valve which can cause palpitations and, in extreme cases, death.

The condition, normally found in older people, affects five per cent of the population.

It means that Rachel, 33, has to be careful about what she eats and drinks in case she over-stimulates her heart. Speaking for the first time about the problem, she said: "The heart disease that runs in my family is frightening. Sometimes my heart rushes and I have a heart murmur."

Last night Gaynor Dewsnap of the British Heart Foundation explained: "If someone suffers from mitral valve prolapse it means that the valve is deformed and leaks.

"It can cause palpitations because the blood is not circulating as it should. In extreme cases it can lead to heart failure because the heart is so overworked."

Mother-of-two Rachel has not let the condition interfere with her career or her personal life.

Her new movie Rock Star, in which she plays a rock chick, is due to be released after Christmas.

And since splitting with Rod she has dated actor Michael Weatherly for six months and been linked with N'Sync singer Joey Fatone, Bruce Willis and soccer ace Ryan Giggs.

j.weatherup@sundaymirror.co.uk

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