Mayor of Ross Ed O’Driscoll has thanked NHS staff following a heart attack.

After an exercise session on Monday, September 12, Ed O’Driscoll developed a chest pain, which turned out to be a heart attack.

Later that week he returned to CCU at Hereford County Hospital after attending Worcester where he had an angiogram and angioplasty.

Angioplasty is a procedure used to open blocked coronary arteries. It restores blood flow to the heart without open-heart surgery.

Procedures seem to have went well and Ed will be beginning cardio rehab soon.

Ed said on social media: “Seriously, right now I’m okay. It’s been a scary roller coaster of a week but we now understand the problem and will be making the necessary changes.”

The ordeal left him tired and drained, he told the Gazette: “The NHS have been grand, they’ve looked after me once I got into the system, they really are good; great care under the surgeon in Worcester, it really is amazing what they’re able to do these days with angioplasty. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but I’m going to take it steady for a few days and hopefully get back to light duties, as soon as I’m ready.”

He added that the couch to 4k might take him a bit longer than he was hoping, but it’s still on the cards: “I’m not going to give up on it, I’m waiting on the cardio rehab team to see what I’m allowed to and I’ll follow medical advice. Even if I have to walk round, I’ll do it at some point.”

Mayor Ed thanks everyone for their kind messages of support, via social media and offline. He said: “It really has been appreciated and is a source of great strength.”

Countless messages on social media have been wishing Ed a speedy recovery.