Emmerdale: Sarah Sugden has been diagnosed with heart failure in emotional scenes [ITV]
Sarah Sugden – played by actress Katie Hill – was diagnosed with heart failure during an emotional episode of Emmerdale.
The 13-year-old character was told by a nurse she was suffering with heart failure with her mum Debbie Dingle by her side.
Sarah was rushed to hospital after collapsing, and was later told her condition was a rare side-effect of chemotherapy, which she had to treat cancer which returned in 2016.
Emmerdale: Sarah Sugden was told of her condition [ITV]
According to the NHS heart failure "means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly. It usually occurs because the heart has become too weak or stiff.
"Heart failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped working – it just needs some support to help it work better. It can occur at any age, but is most common in older people."
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It's a long-term condition that usually worsens over time, there's no treatment but symptoms can be managed for years.
Emmerdale: Sarah Sugden has heart failure [ITV]
The three main signs are as follows:
- Breathlessness after activity or at rest
- Feeling tired most of the time and finding exercise exhausting
- Swollen ankles and legs
There are many other symptoms that could indicate heart failure, with a full list available on the NHS.
Emmerdale: Sarah Sugden is played by actress Katie Hill [ITV]
The following is available depending on the person, according to the NHS:
- Lifestyle changes – including eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and stopping smoking
- Medication – a range of medicines can help; many people need to take two or three different types
- Devices implanted in your chest – these can help control your heart rhythm
- Surgery – such as a bypass operation or a heart transplant
Treatment will usually be needed for life.
For more information, including more symptoms, causes, and outlook head to the NHS website.