Emma Hammett A qualified nurse, author and first aid trainer with over 30 years’ healthcare and teaching experience British Heart Week 2019 takes place from 7th to 15th June. To mark this event we offer a round up of all our heart health articles. From performing CPR to keeping your blood pressure in check, to
Heart attacks and cardiac arrests and how to survive
In the UK there are over 200,000 hospital visits each year
due to heart attacks: that’s 1 every 3 minutes. However, the outlook for
surviving heart attacks and recovery is improving. In the 1960’s more than 7
out of 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal. These days at least 7 out of 10
people survive. In fact, there are an estimated 1 million people alive in the
UK today who have survived a heart attack.
Read more, plus find
out the difference between heart attack, cardiac arrest and angina here: https://onlinefirstaid.com/heart-attacks-surviving/
How to manage having a heart attack when you are on
According to the British Heart Foundation, someone is taken
to hospital in the UK with a heart attack every three minutes. However, many
people will be on their own when they have a heart attack. It is vital to know
how to help yourself if you are alone and think you’re having a heart attack.
Follow our instructions from recognising the warning signs and ignoring urban
Read more here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/heart-attack-on-your-own/
Why defibrillators are so important and how to use
With around 30,000 people each year suffering a sudden
cardiac arrest it is imperative that bystanders know how to respond. A cardiac
arrest can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults
when they’re at home, work or out in public places. Without the correct
treatment, cardiac arrests are often fatal with The British Heart Foundation’s
figures revealing that only one in ten victims survive. However, the chance of
surviving a cardiac arrest jumps from 6% to 74% if the casualty is in a
shockable rhythm and a defibrillator is deployed within 3 minutes, so it is
important you know how to use one.
Read more here: https://onlinefirstaid.com/importance-of-defibrillators/
Read our article on 8
Common Myths About Defibrillators And Why They Save Lives here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/8-common-myths-about-defibrillators-and-why-they-save-lives/
Read our article on
how to save a life using CPR and a defibrillator here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/how-to-save-a-life-using-cpr-and-defibrillator/
CPR – Cardio, Pulmonary Resuscitation
In a recent survey from the British Heart Foundation, they
found that 1 in 3 adults would not know how to help someone if they were
unconscious and not breathing. 96% of them would call an ambulance, but the
vast majority would not have a clue to help whilst waiting for the ambulance to
The UK survival rates radically lag behind the rest of
Europe. It is hoped that adding first aid to the curriculum in English Schools
will help. However, the key development is that more people undertake some form
of practical or online first aid training and are able to start CPR as soon as
possible if someone collapses and stops breathing.
CPR – How To Save a Baby’s Life
CPR is one of the key areas of first aid that many people
are still confused by. What does it
mean? How do you do it? When is it needed? As a first aid trainer and trained nurse, I
know just how vital those first minutes can be, so here’s a quick rundown of
everything you need to know about how to give CPR to a baby or child who isn’t
Read our article here: https://onlinefirstaid.com/baby-cpr/
High blood pressure and how to reduce it
High blood pressure or hypertension is often an underlying
condition, closely associated with serious health issues such as heart attacks.
It affects an estimated 17 million people in the UK. What exactly is high blood
pressure and what causes it? Plus how to reduce high blood pressure, and consequently
reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
Read more on high
blood pressure here: https://onlinefirstaid.com/high-blood-pressure/
Sudden heart attacks in the young and the simple
screening to avoid them
Shocking statistics reveal that heart attacks are not a
preserve of the old. Every week in the UK, 12 seemingly fit and healthy young
people, aged 35 years and under, die from Young Sudden Cardiac Death. In 80% of
these cases there were no symptoms. A simple free screening can however flag up
any cardiac abnormalities and conditions which could lead to sudden cardiac
death. The majority of those tested receive the all clear. However one in 300
tested by the screening programme will be flagged as having a potentially
life-threatening condition. The conditions can then be treated either with
lifestyle changes, medication or surgery.
Read more here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/heart-attacks/
Read more about heart
charity Cardiac Risk in the Young or CRY here: https://www.c-r-y.org.uk/screening/
Of course, a practical first aid course would prepare you to
meet any medical eventualities from learning how to perform life-saving CPR to
how to use an AED.
To find out about which course best suits you and to book,
click here: https://firstaidforlife.org.uk/scheduled-dates/
Written by Emma Hammett for First Aid for Life
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