Taking a cause close to heart
IN the understated way of bush blokes, Gordon Reid describes his heart attack as the day “his ticker went funny”.
“I wasn’t in any real pain, just very uncomfortable,” he said.
He was also, as fortune would have it, already in hospital re-covering from a hip operation.
With medical help close at hand the former Willowvale farmer escaped any long-term physical complications, but the experience altered his outlook.
“Doctors thought perhaps the stress of the operation had triggered my heart attack,” Mr Reid said.
“It was interesting really, because I didn’t have the usual symptoms.
“My chest wasn’t tight and there was no real pain.”
Whatever the cause it raised his awareness and proved strong motivation for his involvement with the Heart Foundation.
“This is third year I have door-knocked for the Heart Foundation and obviously I think it is a worthy cause,” Mr Reid said.
He jokes the exercise he gets walking the steep streets around his Glennie Heights home is good for his heart.
Yet in the ironic way of physical wellbeing it is arthritis which troubles Mr Reid more these days than his ticker.
“But I consider myself pretty fortunate; I can still get about,” he said.
“Helping the Heart Foundation is worthwhile; almost everyone will have some form of heart trouble in their life.
“My father had heart trouble, and I know if they had the medical treatment they do now, he would have been in a lot less pain.”
The Heart Foundation is urgently seeking 28,000 people from across Queensland to volunteer a few hours of their time to take part in its annual Door- knock Appeal.
Heart Foundation appeal Sept 4-17
One Australia dies from heart disease every 22 minutes
To volunteer 1800 552 255 or www.heartfoundation.org.au