Kate Garraway was taken to the hospital last year after suffering a heart attack.
The Good Morning Britain host, 56, recalls waking up one morning in November 2022 with a horrible pain in her chest after caring for her husband Derek Draper for more than three years after he nearly died from Covid.
Regardless, she drove to work but had to stop because she was unwell.
‘There was a searing pain in my chest — as though someone had punched their fist through my breastbone, snatched hold of my heart and squeezed,’ she wrote in her upcoming book, The Strength of Love, via The Sun.
‘The pain was sharp and excruciating. Then I realised that it wasn’t a sudden onset of pain. It had been there all the time. My temporary paralysis had distracted me …’
She continued: ‘[After getting in the car] nausea swept over me and I asked the driver to pull over. I was sick in the kerbside drain, cringing at how shameful it was.
‘I got back into the car, the pain in my chest now all-consuming and creeping up my neck and into my jaw. When we got to the studios, I went straight to my dressing room and collapsed on my sofa.’
Kate contacted ITV’s daytime TV doctor, Dr Hilary, who advised her to go to the hospital. She refused to allow her show’s employees to call an ambulance and instead drove herself to a neighbouring medical room, escorted by a junior producer.
Doctors informed her that she was not experiencing a heart attack, but they did stress that Kate needed to take better care of herself due to the stress of caring for her husband Derek.
She revealed that physicians are monitoring her health.
‘It might have been stress-related angina,’ she explained. ‘Or it could also have been my body’s response to stress in general. But it has forced me to make some changes.’
Kate said in a recent interview with The Times that her husband has developed a terrible new disease that might cause him to “choke and turn blue.”
The Strength of Love will be available from September 14.