30-year-old Ryan Gabb discovered he needed a new heart after using his friend’s Fitbit. He had been feeling sick and suffering flu-like symptoms for weeks until he started realising that something more serious was going on.
When he borrowed his friend’s device, he faced a shocking heart rate of over 100 beats per minute. Ryan was then taken to hospital and was told that he was suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy which is a heart muscle disease. Due to this, Ryan had to have an emergency pump fitted and is now on the waiting list for an urgent heart transplant. He said: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and was in complete shock, I knew I hadn’t been well but was not expecting anything so serious.”
This situation forced Ryan to give up his job as a factory worker and is looking forward to the heart transplant so that he can continue living a normal life. He’s currently doing well with the emergency pump but he’s in constant need of electricity supply to charge the pump’s batteries.
“The worry of power cuts is always in the back of my mind. I have been told I could have a long wait for a heart.”