Published Tuesday, 15 October 2013
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The star, who played Vera Duckworth in the long-running soap for 34 years, spoke to This Morning's Phillip and Holly about her life-saving operation after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Spain.
Dawn's health problems have been well documented in the media as she left her role in Coronation Street after being diagnosed with an incurable lung disease in 2008.
The actress said her recent health issues left her certain she would not be alive for much longer.
"I didn't notice it at first, but it was a shock," she explained.
"I thought I was on my way out, I thought: "that's it now" because I had lung trouble for about 20 years.
"So when they said I had had a heart attack I thought: "Oh my God".
"When I had the operation I was terrified, I was frightened to death. I never thought that I would have heart trouble; I just always thought it would be my lungs.
"But thank God I went to the hospital and the surgeon was fantastic - though I was petrified."
Dawn had a life-saving operation just three weeks ago, which involved having a pacemaker fitted and she said the whole ordeal has given her a new lease of life, including making plans to go on a cruise.
"I feel a lot better," she assured Phillip and Holly.
Speaking about her continuing health troubles, the actress admitted that she did not immediately let her bosses at Coronation Street know when she was first diagnosed in 2008.
"Everything has got to flow, everybody goes in and does what they have to do but overall you are all working together, so you don't make a big thing about yourself do you?"
And she explained how her onscreen husband - actor Bill Tarmey, who died in 2012 - was the only one who knew about her health and would look after her while they were on set.
"Bill looked after me, we looked after each other, and we were a team," she said.
"And eventually you are able to read each other's minds."
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