National Heart Month: Kick-start your health!

For many people, looking after their heart isn’t always a top priority. However, just a few changes can help everybody make improvements to their heart health.

It’s National Heart Month so there’s no better time to kick-start your heart and improve your health.

Quit Smoking

Smoking dramatically increases your chance of a heart attack so quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health. Stopping smoking can greatly increase your life expectancy while drastically reducing the chance of contracting a whole host of potential diseases.

When you stop smoking;

  • After 20 minutes your blood pressure and heart rate get back to normal.
  • After 8 hours Nicotine, carbon monoxide and oxygen in your bloodstream begin to return to normal levels.
  • After 2 days your lungs begin to clear and your sense of taste and smell start to come back.

When you stop smoking full-time, you’ll have more energy and improved blood circulation so you’ll find exercising much easier. After just one year, your chance of a heart attack will be half that of a regular smoker.

Take Regular Exercise

The heart is a muscle and, like all muscles, it gets stronger and healthier with exercise. Any exercise is beneficial to the heart, no matter the amount, but it’s recommended that we do two and a half hours of moderate exercises such as brisk walking or swimming per day – or one hour fifteen minutes of vigorous activity like fast running or cycling.

When we exercise, the heart beats with less strain and pumps more oxygenated blood around the body so that your cholesterol and fat levels lower. All these factors further help to reduce the chance of a heart attack.

Have a Balanced Diet

A healthy, well-balanced diet is the final way to achieve a healthier heart. It’s usually easier said than done though! We all fill up on the wrong things sometimes – especially junk food. This is fine in moderation but we tend to eat these fatty, sugary foods far too often which leads to weight gain and a greater risk of heart attack. Next time you fancy a snack or something to eat, fruit and vegetables are full of nutrients and low in calories, so grab an apple or banana to snack on.

Another area of your diet to watch out for is your salt intake. Too much salt can increase the risk of high blood pressure which then increases the risk of coronary heart disease.

It’s equally important to drink the right things. Fizzy drinks have been linked to heart disease because of all the sugar they contain – just three cans a day can triple your risk of heart disease as well as contributing towards weight gain and diabetes.

There’s also alcohol consumption which can raise your blood pressure and lead to a stroke or heart attack. Heavy drinking makes your heart weaker so when you do drink, drink in moderation and always think about your health.

Even the smallest adjustments to your lifestyle can make all the difference to your heart health.

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Where is your nearest defibrillator? & more importantly, does it work?

Can you imagine finding somebody in need of a defibrillator immediately, and not knowing where the nearest one is and watching them pass away?

AEDs have dramatically evolved over the past few years and have become incredibly easy and simple to use – even an untrained civilian. The movement towards easy to use defibrillators has pushed forward the need them to be available in all public facilities.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device, used in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. If required, the AED will send electric shocks to the heart in order to restore a normal rhythm. Thankfully, AEDs are becoming more readily available to the public in the UK and can now be found up and down the country in a whole host of public places, from leisure centres, schools, libraries, medical services, town halls and many more!


However, unfortunately, the majority of people don’t know where their nearest defibrillator is: a worrying fact considering it kills over 140,000 people every year in the UK alone. Even more worrying is the fact that studies by the British Heart Foundation show that only 22% in the UK would use a defibrillator in an emergency.

Every minute counts when someone has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. A heart needs to be restarted within 4 minutes if not, the chance of survival is drastically lowered by 80%. Even in ideal conditions, emergency services are unable to reach victims with the first 4 minutes and this is why it’s crucial everybody knows where their nearest defibrillator is. There are a few simple steps that anybody witnessing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or finding a victim can take to help save a life. The individual should call 999, perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) if one is available. Regrettably, people lack the skills, ability and confidence to help a victim. The number of cases when an AED is used on a victim is exceedingly low, as little as 0.15% of Sudden Cardiac Arrests that occur outside of hospitals.

Although the movement towards more defibrillators in public places is firmly on track, the UK is still behind a whole host of nations that have double the UK’s survival rate. To name a few, USA, Norway & Holland, in these nations, 65% of the time an AED is used on the victim before the emergency services can arrive, it’s a no-brainer why their survival rates surpass ours. Isn’t it time everybody was protected against Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

When considering which defibrillator to buy – it can be a tough decision. You need to know what type of defibrillator would be the most effective in your area. From community defibrillator packages to school and industry bundles, at Martek, we have an extensive range of defibrillators suitable for every environment. All our defibrillators are incredibly easy to use, easily identifiable and safe. Multiple independent tests gave our range 100/100 in terms of safety, usability and practicality – making them the industry-leading defibrillator.

Knowing where your local defibrillator is the difference between life and death. Find out where your nearest defibrillator is, how to access it and ensure it works.

See our community public access defib bundle here.


You have a fire extinguisher on site: Why don’t you have a defibrillator?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects anybody. The preconceptions that it only happens to the elderly or the unfit are far from the reality.  When someone suffers from an SCA, their heart electrically malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly, unable to pump oxygenated blood around the body.

Mace Group, Morgan Sindall and Wates Group – a combined workforce of over 15,000 employees, have put in place schemes to distribute AEDs and training to groups of workers to help fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Isn’t it time your organisation did the same? Surely your employees deserve the benefit of being protected against SCA?

It goes without saying that every working industry has its risks. However, certain industries lend themselves naturally to an increased risk of injury and death. You wouldn’t operate without a fire extinguisher? First Aid Kits? & Smoke Alarms? You wouldn’t let your employees work without these pieces of safety equipment, but you’d let them work unprotected from the world’s biggest killer? Unfortunately, some employers overlook important health and safety aspects, including defibrillators.

No matter what industry you work in, there’ll be risks, however, certain industries do naturally lend themselves towards an increased risk of injury and unfortunately, death. Of which, many could be saved with the use of a defibrillator. Regrettably, most people are unsure of where to buy and store a defibrillator, how to use one and often worry that they may do more harm than good. In the UK, the construction industry makes up over 20% of workplace fatalities every year.

Environmental factors are often considered when purchasing health and safety equipment for the construction industry, the Lifeline AED range has been designed with this in mind: its’ lightweight, rugged rubberized edges makes it sturdy to harsh environments.

The construction industry is one that is full of physically demanding challenges, the excessive labour and physical strain alone can be enough to trigger a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and puts individuals at a much higher risk than those working in other industries, and without immediate access to CPR and a defibrillator, less than 8% of victims survive.

Every minute without CPR & defibrillation reduces survival chances by 10%, the average ambulance response time in the UK is 11 minutes, especially if the ambulance crew have to navigate a 10,000ft² construction site that has cordoned off areas and inaccessible areas, is this a risk worth taking? Is it worth risking your biggest asset’s lives?  However, if a defibrillator is used on a victim within the first 3 minutes, their survival rates are more than tenfold.

By having an AED on-site, everybody in the area would be able to effectively deliver life-saving treatment to the victim, whilst monitoring their heart rhythm and providing shocks if necessary. The Lifeline AED range are the world’s easiest AEDs to use – even by an untrained bystander, they can be effectively operated, as proven by independent studies.

All employers want to ensure their operations and assets are protected and ensure the wellbeing of their employees, having a defibrillator is a sure way to improve this in such harsh working environments. Without any treatment, 95% of SCA suffers will die. Don’t become another story. Protect your employees.

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How the Lifeline ARM can revolutionise the Sports Industry

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affects athletes from all walks of sport. The preconception that SCA only happens to the elderly or the unhealthy is far from the real scenario. Unfortunately, there are many cases every year of SCA in children & athletes – and if fast medical action isn’t taken, it can result in fatal devastating circumstances

Thousands of athletes suffer from underlying heart conditions associated with SCA. Often, these conditions are unbeknownst to the victim and be triggered at any time. Even more so, during physical activity. Every week athletes are put under a higher risk of suffering from SCA, yet, unfortunately most sporting clubs do not have the necessary equipment on-site to save lives.

During a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, a person’s heart goes into a life threatening rhythm and stops blood pumping around their body and to their brain. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) involves giving a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth ‘rescue breaths’, keeping blood flowing to the vital organs and maintaining a heart rhythm that will react to defibrillation.

Fabrice Muamba Story

In 2012, Fabrice Muamba, a professional football player collapsed on live television in a match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur. His heart stopped pumping oxygenated blood around his body and his heart stopped completely for 78 minutes. If it wasn’t for the medical staff and a CPR & AED Device, he wouldn’t be alive.

People suffer what I did on a daily basis but… most don’t make it because nobody knows how to help them”…..“The guy who collapses in the supermarket should have the same chance I did”.

Lifeline ARM

Martek Lifecare is proud to be the sole distributor of the LifeLine ARM & Lifeline AED range. A revolutionary autonomous CPR device designed to save lives and allow rescuers to treat patients ‘Hands-Free’ allowing them to focus on other life-threating tasks and the innovative industry leading Automated External Defibrillator range, the world’s simplest and most modern AED range on the market.

We believe the Lineline ARM is helping revolutionise the sporting world incomprehensively. The Lifeline Arm is the industry leader, providing the world’s simplest and most modern autonomous CPR device. Unlike its competitors, the Lifeline ARM has an unrivalled operation time of up to 60 minutes continual CPR, increasing the chance of a victims survival drastically.

The quality of CPR a patient receives can be the difference between life and death. Compressing the chest to the right depth, at the right rate, without interruption, while allowing it to fully recoil all increase the chance of survival. Now, imagine doing all this whilst in a moving vehicle?

Often in situations of prolonged CPR, chest compressions are often too shallow and ‘hands-off’ time is too long. The Lifeline ARM never tires out, it provides continuous CPR at a guaranteed safe and regular depth and compressions that ensure the best chance of survival for the patient, making CPR easy, simple and reliable every single time.

The Lifeline ARM enables rescuers to remain hands-free during treatment and allows them to focus on other life-saving tasks. Once on the move, the ARM travels with the patient to allow for continuous effect CPR until arrive at the necessary medical assessment unit. Even healthcare professionals have difficulty performing effective CPR, especially in a moving vehicle.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

With just 8% of patients surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on average in the UK. Sports clubs need to start investing in CPR and AED Devices and helping protect and save lives.

Aside from direct injuries, the most common death in young sportspeople is a variation of a cardiac event, in the majority of cases, early defibrillation and CPR would have saved their lives.

The average ambulance response time in the UK is 11 minutes. For optimal rates individuals suffering from SCA must has access to a defibrillator & received CPR within 3 minutes. Is this risk worth taking? Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces survival chances by 10%.

No matter what sport, contact or not, a story can unfortunately be told where a person has unnecessarily died of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest as an AED or CPR Device was not close to hand.

Here at Martek, we believe that everybody should have access to a CPR & AED device.

Too many young people are killed every week from Sudden Cardiac Arrest: It’s time to act!

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can affect anybody, regardless of age, gender, fitness and lifestyle. The preconception is that SCA only happens to the elderly or the unhealthy. There are many cases every year of SCA in children – and if fast medical action isn’t taken, it can result in fatal devastating circumstances.

There are over 140,000 Sudden Cardiac Arrests every year in the UK. On average, only 8% of people survive. That’s only 11,200 survivors a year. Of those that don’t survive, over 620 will be young people. 270 young people experience Sudden Cardiac Arrests in school every year in the UK. Now is the time educational establishments need to ACT. Every minute without CPR the victim’s chance of survival rate drops by 10%. The average ambulance response time in the UK is 11 minutes. Without CPR and defibrillation, the casualty list would be even higher. This drastically increases to 90% if a defibrillator is used upon the victim within the first minute.

When passed, as of the 1st April 2020, all educational establishments in England & Wales must have a defibrillator on every campus that is in operation. The Health & Wellbeing board will be dutiful to promoting, encouraging and helping facilitate the comprehensive provision of publically available defibrillators.

The Health & Wellbeing board will aid establishments in determining the most effective location of the defibrillator, provide advice to owners of the premises on the installation of the defibrillators, help identify funders for the provision of defibrillators. They will also help establishments source funding, the provision of training and defibrillator best practices, such as locations and safe-keeping.

Martek Lifecare strongly believes that every educational establishment should have their own or have immediate access to a defibrillator. Our Lifeline AEDs are incredibly easy to use, and the device will talk the user through the complete defibrillation process. It is also impossible for a person not in a cardiac arrest to receive a shock form from a Lifeline defibrillator, expelling any myths and misconceptions that it is hard to use and may cause more harm than good.

Our Lifeline defibrillators set the industry standard and with advancements in technology, are consistently breaking the industry norms to provide effective and reliable defibrillator devices.

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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 12 young people die each week due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and of these, 270 deaths 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. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the world’s biggest killer which strikes people of all ages. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any age, height, size or gender which is what makes it so frightening. There doesn’t have to be any pre-existing heart conditions or family heart problems. You could be the healthiest, energetic person and still you can be struck suddenly.

For every minute that passes during an SCA attack without intervention, chances of survival drop by 10%. The only real chance of survival from SCA is a quick response with CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The chain of survival is the most important procedure to follow. Immediate access to a defibrillator is imperative for survival. If a defibrillator is used and CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%. The quicker the treatment is provided, the higher the survival rate.

Average ambulance response times in the UK are 11 minutes. Last year, the Guardian published statistics which stated that ambulances in the UK failed to reach 75% of their most serious 999 calls within 8 minutes. How far away is your local hospital? Can an ambulance realistically reach the patient to defibrillate early? If this starts to ring alarm bells it shows you that an on-site AED is essential to give the patient the best chance of survival.

Playing sports in schools is actively encouraged from an early age and this can increase the risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Active young children are vulnerable to Commotio Cordis which affects their developing hearts and softer chest wall which is still growing and strengthening. No matter how small the risk may be, having a defibrillator in schools ensures protection against SCA. Schools need to be providing the best equipment available for a cardiac emergency for both children and staff.

AEDs can play a vital role in saving the lives of pupils, staff and other users on the school premises. The Department of Education is encouraging all schools to consider purchasing these devices as part of their first-aid equipment.

For less than £1,000 you can give your school, it’s children, staff and visitors the best chance of survival against Sudden Cardiac Arrest with a lifesaving defibrillator. Click here to find out more.

Workplace Environments: Why having an AED on-site should be your PLAN A!

The HSE have revised the Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses following the changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in October 2015. The revision requires all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016. This meets the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines which now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.

More and more organisations and public areas have a defibrillator so it is great news that even more people will be trained to use them. As an organisation, you do not have to buy a defibrillator unless your first aid needs assessment shows a need for one.

How to assess the need for an AED – based on 2 variables;

1. The likelihood of cardiac arrest occurring

The risk of an arrest occurring varies according to several factors, each of which should be considered.

  • • The number of people passing through the site/footfall. In most cases, the larger the number present, the greater the risk.
  • • The age of those present (as cardiac arrest is commoner with increasing age).
  • • The nature of the location. Some places are higher risk than others. Experience has shown that where large numbers of the public are present in busy places like transport hubs (e.g. airports and railway stations) cardiac arrests are more likely to occur. In other places, the nature of the work undertaken (e.g. the use of toxic chemicals) may be relevant to deciding on the need to invest in an AED.


2. The consequences (severity) of cardiac arrest occurring
However, cardiac arrest is uniformly fatal (unless treated). Even if resuscitation is successful, the impact on the individual will be significant, for example, they will be in hospital for some time and will probably require additional clinical interventions, Common causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest include: Asphyxiation, drowning, circulation problems, electrocution, heart diseases, hypothermia, metabolic changes, respiratory problems and trauma to the chest.

Statistics for workplace fatalities/injuries:

  • • 137 workers killed at work in 2016/17 (The majority of which were in the construction, agriculture, waste, transport and storage industries.)
  • • 92 members of the public were killed due to work related activities in 2016/17
  • • In 2015/16 An estimated 621,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work according to self-reports. (Labour Force Survey – LFS). Of these injuries:
    – 200,000 led to over 3 days absence from work; of which
    – 152,000 led to over 7 days absence

Having an AED on site is your PLAN A!

The best chance of successful resuscitation will be when defibrillation and other first aid procedures are carried out with the minimum delay (ideally within in the first three minutes). The chances of survival fall by at least 10% with every minute that passes without defibrillation so there is a very real advantage in having an AED available on site. Figures of 75% survival rates have been reported when defibrillation is performed within three minutes of someone collapsing, a time frame rarely possible for the ambulance service who aim to reach the majority of urgent calls within eight minutes. Last year “The Independent” reported that Ambulances in the UK failed to reach 75% of their most serious 999 calls within 8 minutes meaning that having an AED on site gives you and your workforce the best chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.

REMEMBER – Time is of the essence in a resuscitation scenario.

To discuss how Martek Lifecare can help you create a safer worker environment please click here.

Debunking Myths About Defibrillators: Could You Save a Life Under Pressure?


Defibrillators often remind people of watching medical dramas such as Casualty or ER – the patient stops breathing and as the tension mounts, nurses or doctors place paddles onto the chest and administer an electric shock which makes the patient bounce vertically in the air. Because of these memories, most people are wary of defibrillators, yet they are critical to the survival of someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Running Away from the Risks

When many people think about defibrillators, they think of heart attack patients, yet defibrillators are actually used for patients who are suffering from cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops pumping blood around your body. This can be as a result of a heart attack, yet is more often unexpected in the form of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or SCA. SCA is an arrhythmia, an abnormal heartbeat- which causes the heart’s normal rhythm to suddenly become chaotic. The heart can no longer pump oxygenated blood effectively around the body and the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive, and stops breathing. Sudden Cardiac Arrest accounts for around half of all heart disease fatalities.

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“Win a Defib” Competition Winner

Martek Lifecare would like to thank everyone who entered our most recent competition to win a life saving defibrillator worth £1,000.

Congratulations to Michelle Ashwell who is our lucky winner! Michelle received her Lifeline Defibrillator last week where she presented it to the Leavesden Juniors Parkrun.

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