In the event of a cerebral infarction, speech can drop out, a corner of the mouth droops or loss of strength in the arm can occur. Mariska had “the feeling of a thick tongue”. “I even went to the store when I had symptoms. An infarction is something for old people, I thought,” she writes. She warns against “this misunderstanding”. “It can happen to anyone, even if you’re not yet 50.”

    Mariska Bauer was struck by the heart attack in January. A few months later, after intensive rehabilitation, she got the idea that things were “going a little better” and she knows how to distribute her energy better. “Fortunately, I got away with it. You don’t see anything about me on the outside, but I’ve had to adjust my life.”