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 (AED) that you can depend on in an emergency situation so here are some important factors to consider when buying a defibrillator.

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 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

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

Can you prevent a Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can, and unfortunately does affect people from all walks of life, no matter their age, health, race or gender, while there are often no signs or symptoms prior to SCA, there are a few ways you can help reduce the chance of it happening to you!

Living a healthy lifestyle

Eating healthy is a fantastic way to maintain a healthy heart. The foods we eat affect us far more than we think, from our mood, creativity to our health and wellbeing. Maintaining a varied and healthy diet will make all the difference to your heart health.

10th July 2018