A top DJ was told she would have died in her sleep if her worried friend hadn't rushed her to hospital before she suffered a heart attack aged just 27.

Jordanne McKenzie St Rose, best known as DJ Jordss, had experienced worrying symptoms for months before her cardiac arrest, but said medics wrongly thought her lifestyle was to blame.

Jordanne had to be resuscitated after her heart failed in A&E, and she underwent lifesaving surgery to have a pacemaker fitted.

She is desperate to raise awareness of heart conditions in the young in the hope it can help others in a similar position.

The Londoner told The Mirror that she had been to A&E four times in the 12 months leading up to her cardiac arrest last January, but her pre-existing heart condition wasn't picked up.

She underwent lifesaving surgery and had a pacemaker fitted following her cardiac arrest (


Jordanne Mckenzie St Rose)

She regularly suffered heart palpitations which left her seeing black spots, and even lost consciousness several times.

Jordanne, who earlier this month appeared on the same bill as US superstar Megan Thee Stallion in Manchester, said: "It kept getting missed because I'm young and because of my occupation.

"I was always asked if I do drugs, I kept on having to having to reiterate that just because I'm a DJ I don't do drugs. It was nothing to do with my lifestyle."

She was DJ-ing in South London in January last year when things came to a head and she was unable to continue.

"I've never ever ever walked away from a set, but I couldn't continue," she said. "My head was spinning and I couldn't stand up straight. The staff thought I was on drugs, they asked if I'd taken anything, but I hadn't."

The popular DJ said medics wrongly assumed late nights and partying were the cause of her symptoms (


Jordanne Mckenzie St Rose)

Jordanne went straight to bed, but collapsed in the night when she went to the bathroom.

"My housemate said 'you need to go to hospital'", she recalled. "I said it would be the fourth or fifth time I'd been to A&E, I said I wasn't going because I was knackered."

But worried about her condition, her housemate called an Uber to take her to hospital - a decision which saved her life.

While lying in a bed in a bay at Homerton University Hospital in East London, Jordanne's condition deteriorated swiftly.

"I could feel my hearing going and my body loosening," she said. Desperate to get help but unable to shout out, she flung her phone out from her bay.

The next thing she remembers is waking as medics resuscitated her.

Jordanne said if her housemate hadn't made her go to hospital, she would have died (


Jordanne Mckenzie St Rose)
The 28-year-old is fundraising for the British Heart Foundation (


Jordanne Mckenzie St Rose)

"I was resuscitated at Homerton and then I was taken to St Bart's Hospital," she said. "It was the most traumatic day of my life, I definitely have PTSD from it.

"If my housemate didn't take me to hospital and I went to sleep I would have just died in my sleep."

Four days later Jordanne underwent open heart surgery and had a pacemaker fitted, spending three weeks in intensive care before being allowed to return home.

"It was a really hard time, I had a lot of support from my friends and family, I was bedbound and I couldn't stand by myself. I was in a lot of pain, the healing took months.

"It definitely made me stronger, it made me the person I am today."

During her recovery, Jordanne was able to get in touch with others around the world who had similar experiences at a young age, and found the support they offered crucial.

"I just want to get people talking, I've always said that my DMs are open and I want to create a safe space for them," she said.

The 28-year-old is now back to performing at massive events following her ordeal (


Jordanne Mckenzie St Rose)

With lockdown restrictions easing, she was able to return to the job she loves, and has big plans for the future.

She runs the network Girls Can't DJ, which was set up as a database of female DJs in response to the low number appearing at festivals and large events compared to their male counterparts.

And Jordanne will also be performing at a special event in London to mark World Heart Day on September 29.

This month she curated a stage at the Strawberries & Creme Festival in Cambridge and also performed at the Warehouse Project in Manchester on a bill headlined by Megan Thee Stallion.

"Life is so short and anything can happen at any time, I know it sounds morbid but I've got so many things that I'm trying to tick off," she said.

Jordanne hopes telling her story can help other young people spot the warning signs of heart problems after her near-death experience.

She said she has no ill-feeling toward the medics who did not spot the signs of her condition, which she now believes she had from birth.

"They're over worked and under resourced, I've never worked in A&E and I can't imagine how stressful it is, it's very rare and could easily be missed."

Jordanne will join other high profile DJs for a fundraiser in aid of British Heart Foundation on World Heart Day (29 September) at London's Boiler Room. Click here for details

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