Chantelle Houghton thanks the NHS after ‘scary day’ as she’s pictured hooked up to monitors

Chantelle Houghton has thanked the NHS after a "scary day" as she shares a photo of herself hooked up to monitors.

The star, 38, who rose to fame in 2006 after winning Celebrity Big Brother, posted a photo to Instagram where she is seen wearing a facemask with heart rate monitors attached to her chest.

Chantelle wrote: "Grateful to the NHS, thank you for looking after me when I needed you…scary day but the NHS were amazing, so much love and so grateful".

Chantelle didn't share the reason she was in the hospital receiving treatment, however, she was recently diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) – a condition where your heart suddenly beats much faster than normal.

Fans were quick to chime in to wish Chantelle a speedy recovery.

One wrote: "sending you soo much love and strength", while another added: "Take care and get well soon".

Another wrote: "Omg! I hope you’re okay. Sending you lots of love"

A fourth added: "Biggest hugs Chantelle".

It comes after the star called off her engagement to fiancé Michael Strutt in September this year.

Speaking to OK!, Chantelle explained: "“It was amicable and we are still very friendly. At the start of the year I moved out.

"With lockdown, I think a lot of people probably started relationships and we moved in together really quickly… I think that it put a lot of pressure on things and it just fizzled out.”"

However, with the support of family and friends, Chantelle – who was previously married to fellow CBB contestant Preston – has picked herself up and is feeling positive about the future.

"I have no regrets about anything, I had a lovely time with Michael. Sometimes things just don’t work out and you can’t stay in an unhappy relationship," she shared.

The mum-of-one shared how she’s working on her health and fitness and wants to build up her confidence after a tough few months, after gaining three stone after the engagement break off.

She explained: "The weight mainly went on my tummy, so many people were congratulating me for being pregnant. It did hurt occasionally but whenever I put on weight, it always goes to my tummy.

One time, I was in a shop buying baggy summer dresses and a lady said, “How far gone are you?” I just said, “Yeah” and changed the subject – I wanted to save us both the embarrassment."

Chantelle added: "I definitely feel healthier inside. A friend told me my skin was glowing the other day. I’m not going to keep weighing or measuring myself but I feel a difference in my energy levels and how I’m feeling now. I’m doing a lot of swimming as I enjoy it, as well as using the cross trainer and step machine."

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