A RETIRED cop woke up with blinding pain in his leg – which he tried to walk off before collapsing in the street.
Ken Mcleod, 62, had no idea he had developed a silent killer after gaining weight.
The former detective had suffered a blood clot, which then led to a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest on the way to hospital.
He said it was the wake up call he needed to lose weight, after he had reached more than 23st.
Ken said: "The morning of our 39th wedding anniversary, I woke with a terrible pain in my calf, I decided to go for a walk to try and ease the pain but became so unwell I collapsed in the street.
"I had developed thrombosis which led to a pulmonary embolism. During my journey to hospital, I suffered a cardiac arrest and my heart stopped for ten minutes.
"Miraculously I survived my ordeal, but it took me over twelve months to fully recover mainly due to me being so overweight and unfit."
He said the weight began piling on after retiring from Bedfordshire Police, and it began to affect fully enjoying life with his wife, Jeanette.
Ken said: "I began to put on weight, but it appeared so gradual I failed to pay much attention to it, my job became more office based and semi-retired I found I had more time to eat out and socialise, I hadn’t realised just how unwell I was becoming.”
“I used to love gardening and tinkering in the garage on old cars but I would get so breathless and struggle to get up from the floor that I started to lose interest in doing the things I loved the most.
“I knew something had to change and inspired by one of my friends who had been successful at a local Slimming World group and spurred on by Jeanette I decided to give it a go.”
He lost a total of 9st in two years – switching out takeaway snacks for healthier bars, and sausage rolls for fruit.
Ken said: "My whole life has changed over the past 18 months.
"Losing 9st has given me a renewed sense of confidence, vigour and zest for life.
"Now I’m fully retired, fit and healthy and I can do things I only dreamed of a year ago. I’ve been given another chance at life and I feel like the man I was in my 30’s."
KNOW THE SIGNS
Blood clots are a leading cause of death in the UK, claiming the lives of one in four people who develop one.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs.
If a blood clot breaks off from a DVT and travels to the lung, this causes a pulmonary embolism (PE). This can be fatal.
The signs and symptoms of a PE include:
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; that may get worse with deep breaths
- A rapid heart rate
- Unexplained cough, sometimes with blood-streaked mucus
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