MP Justin Madders is urging people in Ellesmere Port and Neston to get prepared now so they would know what to do if faced with a cardiac arrest, where a person’s heart and breathing both stop.
This comes as St John Ambulance’s latest research shows more than half of Britons have no idea where their nearest lifesaving equipment is, despite the fact that up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated with a defibrillator inside the first five minutes.
“It is worrying to hear that despite the staggering differences in survival rates when a defibrillator is used, people still don’t know where their nearest one is or have the confidence to use it. I’m supporting St John Ambulance’s call for the nation to get prepared in the event of a cardiac arrest.
“None of us want to find ourselves in a situation where we couldn’t save a loved one’s life, any more than we’d want them to stand by helpless if we suffered a cardiac arrest.
‘That’s why I am urging everybody to learn the four simple steps of ‘C.A.R.E. for a Heart’ today; so that if the worst happens tomorrow, we can all act quickly and confidently, especially when every second counts.
“Visit www.sja.org.uk/care to learn the steps of C.A.R.E.”
A heart attack is not the same as a cardiac arrest. A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked. The heart muscle is robbed of its vital blood supply and, if left untreated, will begin to die because it is not getting enough oxygen.
A cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops pumping blood around their body and they stop breathing normally.
The new statistics found that 61% wouldn’t know what to do if faced with a cardiac arrest; and while 81% know what a defibrillator does, 70% of people would not feel confident using one, plus an astonishing 62% wrongly believe it would cause harm to a patient.