I didn’t know, honestly. I didn’t know I have a problem. I know something is wrong, because I have twice this pain when I was walking fast, and my cousin straight away say, “This is the heart. You’d better go and see a doctor.” Then but still I didn’t know I have a leakage, you see. I thought maybe, like before, I have angina, you see? But I am still on these tablets, you see, now. How you call it?
Statins? Are you?
Ah, right. Is that, how long have you been on statins? A long time?
Oh, on statins, I am now about two, three - two years, I think.
Not long, really, not very long.
Have you been taking anything else since the valve problem was discovered.
Or not? No, okay.
No. Still I am taking one, one every evening before I go to bed.
Were you surprised that they found something?
Yes and no, because the doctor was a very nice one, really, and she was telling me what she’s doing and this, and she told me then. You know, I was expecting there is something wrong, but I didn’t know what, to be honest.
And how did you feel when they told you there was this thing wrong?
To be honest, I wasn’t worried much. That is one thing. And second, if there is, today’s medicine is so advanced that even if I would need something then they will give me tablets or even operation, you know, if I will need. Anyhow, still I am not a youngster and a lot of my friends - men, women - gone already.
So is there a sort of feeling of reassurance, almost, having found something, that now you’re being followed up?
Then I will know. Then if something is, I will have pain, this and that, then I will not say, “Ah, tomorrow I will go.” I’ll go today, straight away [laughs].
Okay, so yes, it’s made you more aware.
Oh, yes. Definitely.