Martin Roberts reveals he had just ‘minutes of life left’ when he was rushed to hospital

Martin Roberts has revealed that his ‘heart would have been strangled’ if he hadn’t been rushed to A&E after a terrifying health scare left him minutes from death.

The Homes Under The Hammer presenter, 58, was hospitalised last month with chest pains that he mistook for long Covid, but learned he was suffering from pericardial effusion, which is a build-up of fluid in the structure around the heart.

Speaking on Wednesday’s This Morning, Martin admitted that the dramatic health scare has pushed him to ‘readjust’ his busy work schedule, but he hopes to return to filming in the coming weeks.

Scary: Martin Roberts has revealed that his ‘heart would have been strangled’ if he hadn’t been rushed to A&E after a terrifying health scare left him minutes from death

Detailing his health scare, Martin told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes he’d suffered from chest pains for several weeks, but simply assumed they were long Covid.

He said: ‘I’d been feeling a bit poorly, under the weather for a couple of weeks. I’ve had a few chest infections over the last few years and I’ve had asthma since childhood, so I’m used to quite a tight chest. 

‘As it approached the Easter bank holiday weekend, it was starting to get really bad where I could hardly walk without struggling for breath.’

Worrying: The Homes Under The Hammer presenter was hospitalised last month with chest pains that he mistook for long Covid, but learned he was suffering from pericardial effusion

Worrying: The Homes Under The Hammer presenter was hospitalised last month with chest pains that he mistook for long Covid, but learned he was suffering from pericardial effusion

Concerning: Detailing his health scare on This Morning, Martin told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes he'd suffered from chest pains for several weeks

Concerning: Detailing his health scare on This Morning, Martin told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes he’d suffered from chest pains for several weeks

He added, ‘The confusing thing about this, it’s a bit of a red herring, is that it gets you in the breathing side of things, so you don’t think it’s something to do with your heart. 

‘You think, ”It must be something to do with my chest.” Then it’s the dangerous thing of playing Google doctor.

‘It looked like it could have been the symptoms for long covid – real lethargy, a tightness in the chest, pain in the chest, difficulty breathing, so you pause it and pause it and by the time it got to just after the bank holiday weekend, I was starting to be delirious, putting letters the wrong way round, I said to Kirsty, ”We’ve got to go to hospital.”

Fear: Martin explained that he required surgery because the fluid build-up had placed so much strain on his heart, causing organ failure

Fear: Martin explained that he required surgery because the fluid build-up had placed so much strain on his heart, causing organ failure

His wife Kirsty added: ‘Really worrying. We’re thankful we got to to A&E when we did.’

Pericardial effusion causes excess fluid to clog up the sac surrounding the heart, known as the pericardium.

What is a pericardial effusion?

Pericardial effusion causes excess fluid to clog up the sac surrounding the heart, known as the pericardium.

If the pericardium is diseased or injured, the inflammation can lead to excess fluid. 

Fluid can also build up around the heart without inflammation, such as from bleeding. 

Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pains, discomfort when breathing, feeling light-headed or swelling in the abdomen or legs.

While the condition can be treated with medication, in severe cases doctors may perform surgery to drain the excess fluid.

Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pains, discomfort when breathing, feeling light-headed or swelling in the abdomen or legs.

While the condition can be treated with medication, in severe cases doctors may perform surgery to drain the excess fluid.

Martin explained that he required surgery because the fluid build-up had placed so much strain on his heart, causing organ failure.

He told Phillip and Rochelle: ‘There’s a sack around your heart and it was filling with fluid, it’s called a pericardial effusion and that in turn is something called a tapenade, which basically means this sack is squeezing the heart it sits around, so the heart isn’t able to expand, and therefore isn’t able to pump, so it means all of your organs start failing. 

‘By the time they got to me, my kidneys were at 30 per cent, my liver was at 30 per cent, my lungs weren’t getting the oxygen and at any point, I could have had a heart attack…. The heart would have been strangled by itself.’

He added, ‘We’re talking minutes stroke hours of life left here.’

Asked what went through his mind, Martin said: ‘You just put your life in the hands of professionals. I’m lying there in the specialist cardiac drain unit – there’s a special operating theatre and there’s a local anaesthetic. 

‘I’m watching as they stick a tube into the side of your heart and then with a big syringe, he starts pulling this dark red/black liquid, which is almost, I call death liquid, pulls it out and squirts it into a plastic beaker, pulls another one and squirts it in and I was just watching…’

Phillip asked Kirsty whether her husband’s ordeal had sparked a reset for them, and she replied: ‘Totally. We’ve said this, haven’t we? I did send a card to Martin when he came out of hospital and I said, ”We do have to take this as a bit of a watershed moment.” 

Supportive: He added that the dramatic health scare has pushed him to 'readjust' his busy work schedule, but he hopes to return to work in the coming weeks

Supportive: He added that the dramatic health scare has pushed him to ‘readjust’ his busy work schedule, but he hopes to return to work in the coming weeks

‘And I said, ‘You’re just going to have to say no… we both have, we’ve lived life at 100mph and very rarely stop and smell the roses, as Martin would say. 

‘Times like this, you realise what’s important in life. And there’s going to have to be a readjustment.’

Martin added that he’s hoping to resume filming for Homes Under The Hammer in the coming weeks, adding: ‘I’ve got to get to 20 years. Hopefully I’ll get some nicer properties and they’ll cherry pick the good ones, rather than the really bad ones.’

Scary: His wife Kirsty added: 'Really worrying. We're thankful we got to to A&E when we did'

Scary: His wife Kirsty added: ‘Really worrying. We’re thankful we got to to A&E when we did’

Martin had previously said he started to feel unwell over Easter Bank Holiday and feared he was suffering a heart attack before being taken to hospital by his wife Kirsty.

He told The Sun that by the time he reached hospital he was unable to fill in any forms as he was hallucinating.

The screen star said there was a four hour wait at A&E but he was whisked in by a nurse within 45 seconds.

The broadcaster says the ordeal has given him a new outlook on life, with the star saying he’s focusing on what’s important now and will be slowing down going forward.

Horror: Martin had previously said he started to feel unwell over Easter Bank Holiday and feared he was suffering a heart attack before being taken to hospital by his wife Kirsty

Horror: Martin had previously said he started to feel unwell over Easter Bank Holiday and feared he was suffering a heart attack before being taken to hospital by his wife Kirsty

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmate thanked ‘god and angels’ on social media last month after coming round from his operation.

Taking to Twitter to share a video explaining what had happened this week, he captioned the post: ‘So. Bit of a shocker. Thankfully I’m here to tell the tale…’ 

Martin said: ‘Well, I have to say this isn’t where I expected to be watching Homes Under The Hammer.

‘Little bit of good news, little bit of bad news. I ended up in hospital in Bath yesterday.

‘I had a few chest pains and just feeling generally lousy, so I was brought in here and turns out I had a massive amount of fluid all around my heart, which was actually stopping my heart working.

‘Had they not got rid of it, which they did in an emergency operation last night, then it’s sort of quite serious, like, hours to live kind of c**p.

‘So here I am, still around, thank goodness, thank god and angels, all those things.’

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

On the mend: The former I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! campmate thanked 'god and angels' on social media last month after coming round from his operation

On the mend: The former I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! campmate thanked ‘god and angels’ on social media last month after coming round from his operation

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