Martin told presenter Richard Madeley that he had "felt a tightness in [his] chest and had difficulty breathing and total lethargy," before being admitted to hospital. "I am aware those are signs of a heart attack, and I was feeling so rubbish my wife took me to A&E and I was rushed through and they found I had liquid around my heart compressing my heart to the point it could have stopped," he explained.
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"Unlike a normal heart attack, there's nothing you can do about it because the heart itself is being strangled, so within three hours I was in an operation with a tube put into my heart to drain a litre and a half of fluid."
Martin revealed he was awake during the whole life-saving operation, reposting a clip from his interview via Twitter, which prompted his followers to flood him with messages of support. One wrote: "OMG, what a relief, so close. Get well soon. And return to Homes Under The Hammer," while another commented: "Stay strong Martin. Hope you are on your way to recovery and being well looked after."
While he's missing from their TV screens, Martin's fans have been staying in touch with him via social media. One wrote: "Just looking for an update on you Martin and praying that you are recovering well," to which the star replied: "Doing lots of tests on my lungs now."
Martin Roberts spoke about his health ordeal on GMB
While he's putting on a brave face, Martin did share he'd found the ordeal frightening. A fan tweeted him to ask what the procedure he'd been through was called, with Martin replying: "It turned into a tapenade when the process accelerated and it all gets a bit scary."
Martin's fans are missing seeing him on their screens
We're keeping our fingers crossed that Martin's tests on his lungs come back with good news.
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