On 9th April 2017 Tim Cogley, an apparently fit and healthy 34 year old, suffered a fatal heart attack whilst walking home after a night out with friends. Despite showing no symptoms, Tim had a 75% cholesterol blockage of the left descending coronary artery.
Sadly, Tim’s case is far from unique, and we hear of similar cases among young men and women on a weekly basis, on Merseyside and more widely.
The Tim Cogley Foundation has been set up by family and friends in Tim’s memory with the aim of increasing awareness of the need for coronary heart screening, particularly in the 18 to 39 age group where very little pro-active screening currently takes place, and to offer opportunities for screening within Merseyside.
The Foundation will also promote an educational programme, which by sharing Tim’s story, will illustrate the need to be aware of key health indicators (e.g. blood pressure) in the hope of ensuring that more young people are aware of the lifestyle choices that can affect the health of their hearts.