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Kian and Jodi will be marvellous parents, says delighted Nicky

WESTLIFE star Nicky Byrne has revealed his delight for his bandmate Kian Egan, who is preparing to become a father for the first time.

The Dublin singer told the Diary how he was delighted to hear earlier this month that Kian and his wife, Wonderland singer Jodi Albert, were expecting their first child.

The singer explained how Kian was a great help when he started his own family with wife Georgina Ahern. The couple have children, twin brothers Rocco and Jay (4).

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“It’s such great news. The thing about Kian is he has a load of nieces and nephews so Kian, if I’m honest, was actually giving me and Georgina tips when we started having kids, back in the day,” he laughed.

Speaking at the launch of the new ad campaign for the Irish Heart Foundation earlier this week, the star who was accompanied by his wife and their twin sons, revealed that singer Jodi has always been very maternal.

“Kian was very good with kids from the offset so I really think he will be a great dad and Jodi will be a great mum, she’s brilliant with Rocco and Jay, she’s very very motherly. I am genuinely delighted for them,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, the Dublin star — who is tipped to be the new co-presenter of RTE’s The Voice — told the Diary that he hasn’t met or spoken to former bandmate Brian McFadden since his return to Ireland.

The Australia’s Got Talent judge is in town for a month with model girlfriend Vogue Williams, and although he asked Westlife member Mark Feehily to meet up last week, Nicky (32) says he hasn’t heard from him at all.

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“I haven’t seen Brian or heard anything from him, you probably see him or hear about him more than I do,” he joked.

The dad-of-two insists however that there is no bad blood between them.

“I never fell out with Brian, he’s a good mate but just haven’t heard from him or seen him at all,” he explained.

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People urged to take heart attack symptoms seriously

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN urged to call an ambulance immediately if they suspect they are having a heart attack, after figures revealed that many fail to do so.

About 6,300 people suffer a heart attack in Ireland every year, however just half of those who present themselves at hospital experiencing a heart attack arrive by ambulance. The Irish Heart Foundation is urging people, and particularly men, to take symptoms seriously and call 999 if they feel unwell.

The new initiative – “Don’t die of embarrassment” – is backed by Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and his family after his father, Nikki Byrne Senior passed away from heart attack in 2009.

“We all know someone who has had a heart attack and the symptoms are not always what you think. It does not always have to be a Hollywood heart attack. That’s what happened to my dad,” said Byne at the launch of the campaign at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin. “He wasn’t feeling well but, like many men, he didn’t want to cause a fuss,” he added.

Figures from the CSO (Central Statistics Office, 2008) show that 83 per cent of premature deaths from heart attack under the age of 65 occur in men – which is equal to five men dying prematurely every week or a total of 274 premature male deaths annually.

Dr Angie Brown, Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation and consultant cardiologist said that a heart attack is a “serious medical emergency” and every minute lost or delayed in getting treatment increases damage to the heartmuscle and increases the risk of death. “Too often the signs are ignored until it is too late or delays occur by going first to the GP, calling a family member or friend or even by driving yourself to hospital which is extremely dangerous. Our message is simple – don’t die of embarrassment, pick up the phone and dial 999 immediately,” she said.

An Irish Heart Foundation survey showed that most Irish adults (58 per cent) seem to know the symptoms of a heart attack, the problem appears to lie in calling for help, says However according to Brown. “It is shocking to think that almost 6 out of 10 people know heart attack symptoms but when it comes to getting help, only half of these will arrive by ambulance,” she said.

After losing his father to a heart attack, Byrne talked about the devastating consequences of waiting too long to seek help: “He had a pain in his lower stomach the day before he passed,” he said “We now know he was having a heart attack. At just 60 years old, he passed awayin November 2009″.