Former England rugby player supporting Cardiomyopathy UK

23rd January 2018

Lee Mears, former Bath and England rugby player was forced to retire from the game at the age of 34 when he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)  in 2013. Since retiring from the sport, he has thrown himself into various ventures determined to live his life to the fullest. With two Rugby World Cups, 43 international rugby caps for England and a British and Irish Lions tour under his belt, he is now involved in coaching teams around the world. 

Lee is supporting our #MyHeartStory campaign which encourages families to have open conversations about their family heart history as well as raising awareness to recognise signs and symptoms of the condition. 

Lee said: “People often have very set ideas of what a ‘typical heart patient’ looks like so often cardiomyopathy can go undetected or misdiagnosed. Despite being a professional sportsman I was diagnosed with this heart muscle disease and it forced me to retire from competitive rugby. It can affect anyone at any age and often runs in families so it’s important for people to find out their own family history.”