Health campaigners are calling for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in every community to help prevent needless deaths from cardiac arrest.
In the UK alone 100,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, more then breast cancer, lung cancer and aids combined and can strike any one at any time.
World Heart Rhythm Week 2011, that takes place between 6th and 12th June 2011, aims to highlight arrhythmias and in particular, how “Knowing Your Pulse” can save your life.
Arrhythmia Alliance, the heart rhythm charity is raising awareness that heart rhythm problems can be detected by a simple pulse check. An abnormal, fast or slow heart beat can then be followed up by a doctor and appropriate treatment can be given.
All too often the first symptoms of a heart rhythm problem can be a serious collapse or even death. That’s why it’s important to detect an arrhythmia early through pulse checks, so that needless loss of life or serious illness can be prevented.
Arrhythmia Alliance is campaigning for the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in every community in so that when someone collapses, prompt emergency treatment can be given to save their life.
On May 24th, Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, called for every child in the UK to be taught extended life support, so that when they leave school they are capable of saving a life.
“I want every child, and eventually every adult, in the UK to be able to do the following: recognise an emergency; contact the ambulance service immediately; administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and use an automated defibrillator.”
Helping someone who collapses from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest with a defibrillator and CPR within minutes, is often their only hope of survival. With CPR alone there is just a 5% survival rate but by using a defibrillator the chance of survival is increased by a further 45%. Survival rates drop between 7-10% every minute without defibrillation.