A poll of 2000 people conducted by the British Heart Foundation suggests that people are more worried about contracting cancer or dementia than worrying about heart disease. However heart disease is a big killer, one person dies every 7 minutes from heart disease and in many cases the disease could be prevented. Risk factors include amongst others, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes. Prevention of heart disease is key, and it’s never too late to make changes.
So make today the day you decide to give up smoking, lose weight and make changes to your diet to minimize those risks. In addition make today the day you choose to learn to save a life by learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator.
At least 60 000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest each year and survival from this remains poor. Without access to defibrilllation and good quality CPR, only 2-12% survive. Access to a defibrillator, within the first few moments of a cardiac arrest can improve survival by up to 74 %.
CPR techniques are now easier than they have ever been and the proliferation of public access defibrillators means more people have the opportunity to survive cardiac arrests than before, however greater awareness needs to be made of this and more need to sign up to learn these essential life saving skills and not be afraid to use a defibrillator. The machines are easy to use, they talk you through the process, step by step and cannot cause any further harm.
For more details take a look at our defibrillator faq page
which will tell you more about defibs, how they work and how you use them.
For details on joining a first aid class to learn CPR take a look at our range of workplace first aid courses
where you can learn your skills and qualify to be a workplace first aider.