Martin Roberts illness: what happened and how old is he?

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The BBC One presenter, 58, was hospitalized last month with severe chest pains which he has long mistaken for Covid

Houses under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts

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Martin Roberts has revealed he had a terrible health scare when he was admitted to hospital with chest pains last month.

The 58-year-old presenter had been struggling to breathe but thought he had Covid symptoms for a long time before finding out he was suffering from fluid around the heart.

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The Homes Under The Hammer frontman appeared on today’s This Morning with his wife Kirsty to talk about how he almost died and to give an update on how it has changed his plans for the future.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Who is Martin Roberts?

The Warrington presenter is known for presenting a wide range of lifestyle, travel and property shows on UK radio and television.

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Roberts has been part of BBC One’s property auction show Homes Under The Hammer for 17 years and is now approaching its 25th series.

He has appeared on many television shows such as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Chase and Celebrity Masterchef, as well as BBC radio shows.

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Martin has been married to Kirsty Roberts since 2010 and they have a son named Scott.

What illness did Martin Roberts have?

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About a month ago, Martin began suffering from severe chest pain but assumed he had long had Covid symptoms.

Martin had asthma since he was young and had recently had chest infections so was used to a tight chest.

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But as the Easter holidays rolled around, Martin’s breathing problems worsened and the presenter was rushed to A&E to find he was “hours from death”.

Martin was diagnosed with pericardial effusion, which is a buildup of fluid around the heart that clogs the surrounding structure, and had to undergo heart surgery because the fluid had caused organ failure.

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Some cases can be cured with medication, but more severe cases will need surgery to drain the excess fluid.

What did Martin Roberts say about illness?

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Martin, who appeared on ITV’s This Morning with his wife Kirsty, further explained the condition.

“There’s a sac around your heart that filled with fluid … again, that’s something called a tapenade, which basically means this sac is compressing the heart it’s sitting around so the heart isn’t in the.” able to expand and therefore not. unable to pump, which means all your organs are failing,” he told Philip Schofield and Rochelle Humes.

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“The confusing thing about it [his symptoms]it’s a bit of a red herring that it puts you on the breathing side of things so don’t think it has anything to do with your heart.

Martin revealed he was minutes away from death.

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“At the time when she [the doctors] came to me, my kidneys were at 30 percent, my liver was at 30 percent, my lungs were starved of oxygen and I could have had a heart attack at any time… the heart would have strangled itself.

“You put your hands in the professionals… I’m lying there in this special operating room and there’s a local anesthetic. I watch as they stick a tube in the side of my heart and he starts drawing this dark red/black liquid with a big syringe that I almost call death juice.”

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Martin’s wife Kirsty said it was a bit of a “turning point”:

“And I said you just have to say no… we both have, and we’ve lived 100 mph lives and very rarely get to stop and smell the roses, as Martin would say.

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“In times like these you realize what is important in life. And there will have to be a readjustment.”

What’s next for Martin Roberts?

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When asked about the future of Homes Under The Hammer, Martin hoped he could resume filming in the coming weeks.

“I have to live to be 20 years old,” he said. “Hopefully I can get some nicer properties and they’ll pick the good ones instead of the really bad ones.”

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