A Worcestershire widower is urging women to look after their hearts after his wife died less than 24 hours before their son's wedding last year.
Tony Vine, a courier from Bromsgrove, paid tribute to his wife Margaret as the British Heart Foundation launched Help A Heart Week yesterday. He is keen to shatter the myth that heart disease only affects ageing, unfit men - it kills one in three women in Britain.
The 57-year-old hopes his story will encourage women of all ages to take their heart's health seriously.
As the first anniversary of Margaret's death next month approaches, he recalled how she had thrown herself into the wedding preparations.
The couple were visiting their daughter-in-law on July 16, delivering the wedding cake and making last-minute checks when tragedy struck.
Mr Vine said: "Margaret was having a coffee in the kitchen and I was out the back helping a lorry reverse, when suddenly I heard Rebecca calling me to come quick.
"She had got off a bar stool to walk into another room before she collapsed without warning. When I turned her over she was blue.
"The coroner's report said she had a very rare heart condition, probably since birth, and there was nothing we could have done to save her."
Margaret, who died aged 54, had severe scarring on the wall of her heart which, despite having regular health checks, had not been picked up by medics.
Figures released by the BHF state about 2,400 women will die during Help A Heart Week - but that could be cut if more were aware of the risks.
* For more information about the BHF and Help A Heart Week visit www.bhf.org.uk/ helpaheart