Sadiq Khan left ‘barely conscious’ and ‘carried off stage’ after ‘heart attack’

Sadiq Khan has revealed he suffered a suspected minor heart attack at the Cop26 climate conference.

The London Mayor describes the incident for the first time in his new climate change book Breathe.

Mr Khan said he was speaking at the United Nations summit in Glasgow in 2021 when “out of nowhere, I felt a knot in my chest – a kind of tightening”.

The Labour politician said he had to be “carried off the stage” while “barely conscious”.

He wrote: “My shirt was drenched with sweat and I felt like I was on fire.”

Mr Khan spent the night at A&E at Glasgow Royal Infirmary following the health scare on November 10 2021 where he underwent an electrocardiogram (ECG), a chest X-ray and blood tests.

He said tests identified “a protein called troponin, which is released into the blood after unusual heart activity”.

The first test showed the levels of troponin were “borderline” but a second test found they had doubled.

He said: “There was a possibility that earlier that evening I’d had a minor heart attack.”

He was discharged at around 6am the next day when a third test found the level of troponin had increased slightly but not by enough to merit him being admitted to a hospital ward.

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The 52-year-old said he only went to hospital following a 10pm call from his mayoral health advisor, Dr Tom Coffey, having initially refused requests for an ambulance to be called.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I felt fine. I simply didn’t believe I had had a heart attack.

“The whole situation felt unreal. In a matter of hours, I was due to give perhaps the biggest address of my mayoralty.

“And yet here I was in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, half of my body in suit trousers and the other in a hospital gown, waiting to be told if I was going to be admitted for urgent treatment.”

Speaking yesterday, Mr Khan said the incident “probably was a minor heart attack”.

He told the Evening Standard: “The key thing is that I’m following the advice and looking after my physical health and mental health and eating sensibly.

“I ran 5K this morning, my doctors will be pleased to know. It’s behind me now.”

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