Air Pollution and Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Health Emergency?

91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guidelines. With this in mind, it will come as no surprise to you that ambient (outdoor) air pollution is a major cause of death and disease globally.

When thinking of how air quality may affect your body, you’ll instantly think about your lungs.

22nd November 2019

Do Hotels Need a Defibrillator?

One Sunday afternoon in October 2019, local authority worker Gordon Armstrong went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) whilst sat down for lunch at the Glencoe Hotel in the Scottish Highlands. Without warning, his survival clock began ticking.

In the UK, there are 30,000 out-of-hospital SCAs every year, and fewer than 1 in 10 people survive. Despite this shocking statistic, there is currently no UK legislation that requires organisations to install an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on their site.

4th November 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

Summer of love: How the sun is affecting your blood pressure

Think the summer sun is affecting your blood pressure? You’re right. I think you’ll agree that this has been the best summer in a long time. Farmers may disagree (they want a little more rain you see), but I bet you don’t have enough fingers to count the number of BBQ’s you’ve has this summer … Continued

8th August 2018

Sudden Cardiac Arrest on Board Flights

Now Boarding Flight 907 – With a 10% chance of sudden cardiac arrest survival

It’s been estimated that 1000 people die during commercial flights each year. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike at any time.

The number of medical emergencies on flights has risen in recent years, mainly due to more and more of us jetting off each year to switch off from the real world.

3rd August 2018

270 lives: CPR & AED training should be part of the national teaching curriculum

This year, in the UK, 270 children will die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at school.

With this figure in mind, it seems obvious that any measure to reduce that number should be implemented immediately.

Which is why the recent announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) has been welcomed by The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and British Red Cross.

26th July 2018

Why defibrillators are critical in schools

As a teacher or parent, your main concerns are child health, well-being and safety.

Did you know that 270 deaths after falling victim to sudden cardiac arrest happen at school each year in the UK?

These statistics may come as a surprise to you but this is the reality we’re living in.

19th October 2017