Can’t shift that heavy cold? It could be a sign of heart trouble


Just a few weeks into a new job, Carolyn Mitchell came down with a nasty bout of influenza — but soldiered on, not wanting to let anyone down at work.

‘It was early in the year and I felt severely fatigued and had a chesty cough,’ recalls Carolyn, 58, two years on. ‘It felt similar to flu I’d had in the past and so I thought it would soon pass.’

But her symptoms didn’t go away. In fact, within a week, ‘I found walking just a few steps would leave me out of breath,’ recalls Carolyn, a nurse and mother-of-three from Edinburgh, who lives with husband, Thomas, 62, a mental health consultant.

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