Cleaner from Béthune, France

Cendrine, 34 years old

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“My leg was hurting for several days. Then slowly my foot started turning blue. I ended up not being able to put any weight on it. My doctor sent me to the hospital. I’ve been smoking around one and a half packs a day since I was 16 and I’ve been taking the pill for about the same amount of time. The tests showed that an artery in my leg was blocked and blood wasn’t getting to my foot anymore. The surgeon decided to amputate it to save the rest of my leg. My world fell apart. I had to rethink everything: the kids going back to school, work, home… the shock was incredibly brutal. People talk about heart attacks, but don’t talk enough about arterial disease.”




Pascale, 49 years old

Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

My name is Pascale. I’m 49 years old and I live in Villeneuve d’Ascq. I don’t smoke, drink or vape and I eat well. I’m stressed and constantly anxious. I’m worn out and tired… actually, I’m exhausted. Everything’s related to my personal and professional life story. My body tried to [...]



Pascale, 43 years old

Architect from Brest, France

“I didn’t have any chest pain when I had my heart attack. I had gastric pain deep in my sternum and I thought it was bad digestion. I also had pain in my back. I thought it was my spine, which had already been hurting. I tried to soothe the pain with a hot water bottle, but it still spread. I [...]



Rosita, 68 years old

My name is Rosita. I’m 68 years old and for more than 35 years, I’ve suffered from various cardiac issues related to a malformed mitral valve. In 1998, I had a very successful mitral valve plasty procedure, but still had a stroke in 2012 after hastily completed thrombolysis. Fortunately, there [...]


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