Comedian Robert Webb was told that his heart would “fail” due to undiagnosed heart disease, at the same time that he had finished a book that closely reflected his reality.
The 47-year-old Peep Show star had just finished editing his novel Come Again, where a central figure dies from a disease that has been hiding for years.
He underwent surgery in October of last year after routine medical checks on the set of his sitcom Back revealed that he had prolapsed heart.
The actor and writer was referred to a cardiologist and received an echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the heart, which showed that years of alcoholism had accelerated the undiagnosed condition.
Comedian Robert Webb, 47, learned he could die from an undiagnosed heart disease accelerated by alcoholism – at the same time as he finished writing a book in which the main character dies of an illness unknown
The Peep Show star has learned that his heart will “fail” due to the prolapse of the mitral valve which he had aggravated by his alcoholism
He was told that he has mitral valve prolapse, which may be asymptomatic but could cause him to have a heart attack within a few months.
Webb wrote in the Observer: “The cardiologist has a distinctive handshake, palm up with his fingers apart. It sounds like an apology and as soon as I sit down, it becomes clear why he is sorry.
“I’m not saying you’re going to have a heart attack in the next fortnight,” he says slowly.
“” But if the problem is not resolved, then in the next two, four or six months … this heart will fail “”.
Webb describes his relationship with alcohol as “certainly an addiction.”
Webb’s coup with death came at the same time as he finished the edition of Come Again, his first novel in which about 40 years Luke dies of an invisible state.
Luke’s widow, Kate, returns in 1992 where she meets her husband for the first time, but with knowledge of his illness.
The romance follows her sailing attempts knowing that he could die as she tries to fall in love with him again.
And Webb said he thought his imagination might have been trying to tell him something about his own “questionable ticker” by writing it down.
Webb with David Mitchell, 45, at After Upart Crow in London on February 17 this year. The actor stopped drinking, having “drunk a lot of beer during the day” alone during the worst of his alcoholism
Webb’s condition, a mitral valve prolapse, made him feel lethargy, which he attributed to his age and to not treating his body with respect.
Although the illness was not caused by his drinking, he was told that the alcohol abuse had accelerated him and he has now stopped drinking completely.
“I thought, ‘This is how you feel when you are 47 and treat your body like a jump,'” he told the Sunday Times.
“I would be really tired very quickly – I was very tired – but I thought” F ** k it, I’m 47 “. I didn’t know how sick I was.
Webb said his alcohol abuse was “certainly an addiction.”
Webb played with Mitchell in nine seasons of Peep Show from September 2003 to December 2015
He said, “He crawled so gradually that I killed myself slowly. I’ve been drinking a lot of beer all day, all by myself. I was thinking [alcohol] at any time of the day. “
The mitral valve is a small flap in the heart that prevents blood from flowing the wrong way and if there are problems, it can affect the way blood flows in the body.
A prolapse in the valve occurs when it becomes too flexible and does not close tightly.
According to the NHS, it is common for a person to not know that they have it because they can be asymptomatic.
However, it can lead to fatigue, as Webb experienced. Other side effects include dizziness, shortness of breath, noticeable palpitations or mitral regurgitation.