I was one of several artists commissioned by Fuel to create a podcast about a body part. My brief was the heart. I went to spend time with Dave Hildick-Smith, a micro-valve heart surgeon based at Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton.
I was never that enamoured of the heart. As an organ, it seemed basic. I met Dave. I learnt about his work as a cardiologist. I listened to him analyse his relationships with patients. I put on scrubs and observed him manoeuvre a nitinol valve through the femoral artery and into a living, beating heart. I realised I was a doofus and the heart is awesomesauce.
I hope that when you listen to this podcast, it makes you feel warm towards the very important pump in your chest. Take care of your heart, it’s a mind-blowingly phenomenal piece of kit.