Are Young Athletes At Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

As providers of potentially life-saving equipment, it goes without saying that we get to hear powerful stories of how defibrillators have saved the day.

Sadly though, not all of the stories have such happy endings. We’re not here to spread doom and gloom – it’s just heartbreaking to hear that a life was lost which could have been prevented and the only way to do that is through increased awareness.

12th August 2019

Symptoms Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Athletes And Active People

One of the fantastic benefits of the internet is just how much information we now have at the tip of our fingers.

For us here at Martek, this gives us access to the success stories, as well as up to date information to ensure we continually develop our products to provide the very best in life-saving equipment.

12th August 2019

Latest updates to Lifeline AEDs

The Lifeline series of AEDs have been proved to be the easiest to use defibrillators on the market.

However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be improved upon even further!

Defibtech, the manufacturers of the units, have recently announced some updates to the latest models of Lifeline AED and Lifeline AUTO.

2nd July 2019

High Voltage: Your AED Battery Health

Check your AED battery! You never know when or where a sudden cardiac arrest will strike. Outside of a hospital, a victim’s chances of survival without rapid defibrillation is less than one in ten. That’s why you can find AEDs in more and more places – on transport, in schools, workplaces, sports clubs, tourist locations … Continued

27th March 2019

How to use a defibrillator

For every minute after a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, your chances of recovery drop by 20%. The average ambulance response time is over eleven minutes, outside of a hospital, the survival rate is less than one in ten. A defibrillator or AED is the only known treatment method but do you know how to use a defibrillator?

If a defibrillator is used within the first minute, you have a 90% chance of surviving – within three minutes, it’s 74%.

28th January 2019

What is an AED?

What is an AED? AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator and is more commonly known as a defibrillator.  An AED is a portable device designed for the emergency treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). It analyses the heart’s rhythm and, if needed, delivers a controlled electric shock to the chest to help blood pump normally again.

21st January 2019

Transport and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac Arrest – Public Spaces

The thought of experiencing or encountering a cardiac arrest in public space is daunting.

Did you know that around 20% of Sudden Cardiac Arrests happen in public spaces? In Britain alone, there are more than 60,000 incidents a year outside of hospitals and less than one in ten people survive.

17th January 2019

Heart disease & the top 10 causes of death

54% of worldwide death belong to the top 10 causes.
Any guess at number one?

We’ve spoken about the risk of heart disease, especially cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at length previously – and it’s with good reason.

In the last 15 years, Ischaemic (meaning “reduced blood supply”) heart disease and stroke have held the top spot for leading causes of death, with a combined total of 15.2 million.

22nd August 2018

Five Summer Foods to Lower Blood Pressure

Last week we wrote about how the summer sun affects your blood pressure, but what about seasonal food?

Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

It’s a little late for Wimbledon strawberries and cream, but you may want to make an exception.
Berries are rich in flavonoid, which can improve blood flow as blood vessels relax.

16th August 2018

New Study: More young footballers are dying from heart problems

20 years of heart screening data, taken from footballers aged 16 on the verge of turning pro, has shown that most died about seven years after a heart check that showed no problem.

As a result, the FA has increased the number of cardiac assessments for young footballers from one to three

Cameroonian international Marc-Vivien Foé, 28, played in the Premier League. The midfielder collapsed while playing for his country against Colombia in France during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. An autopsy found he had a hereditary heart condition.

9th August 2018