“Gradually you build up again until you are doing longer and longer walks. Then seven months later the walks turn into runs — and then you become a dancer.”
However, despite recovering well the star soon started to experience symptoms similar to what he had felt before – most likely due to the intense training routine.
The NHS explains that many people with mitral valve prolapse do not have any symptoms and the condition may only be spotted during a heart scan.
Mitral regurgitation occurs when the valve leaks and blood flows the wrong way, in comparison to mitral valve prolapse when the valve becomes too floppy.
Symptoms for mitral regurgitation are similar but include chest pain.
For Robert, the condition was made worse by 10 years of heavy drinking and after receiving his diagnosis he decided to drastically change his ways. Giving up the booze and taking up running and weight training instead, he got into the fittest condition he had ever been in for Strictly.
For those with mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation doctors may suggest medicines and lifestyle changes similar to what Robert did.
ome individuals experience the following symptoms:
- An irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or noticeable heartbeats (palpitations)
- Mitral regurgitation.