New mandatory heart scans for cyclists

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike even the fittest and most active and there have been many high-profile cases among sports people in recent years. As a result of this and the growing awareness around sudden cardiac arrest, British cyclists from academy level will now have mandatory heart scans. Incidents The most famous incident happened to … Continued

15th February 2019

Sued for first aid – Can I be held liable for using a defibrillator?

Sued for first aid People worry about being sued for first aid when helping others, yet in most cases, an immediate response with no hesitation is essential to saving the life of a victim. Rapid defibrillation is the only proven way to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest and it can mean the difference between life and … Continued

6th February 2019

How to use a defibrillator

For every minute after a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, your chances of recovery drop by 10%. 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? … Continued

28th January 2019

How to buy a defibrillator

Quick defibrillation is the only proven way to treat a sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital – without it, a victim’s chances of survival is less than one in ten. You know why you need to buy a defibrillator but how do you actually approach buying one. Most importantly you need to buy a defibrillator … Continued

24th 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 … Continued

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 30,000 incidents a year outside of hospitals and less than one in ten people survive. … Continued

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 … Continued

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. Avocado The Instagram … Continued

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, … Continued

9th 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