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Cardiac Arrest in the UK

With over 7 million deaths a year worldwide occurring from cardiac arrest it is recognised as the worlds biggest cause of death. However, in the UK, people generally know very little about cardiac arrest.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Arrest

Here are the main facts about cardiac arrest and how it affects people everyday in the UK;

What is a cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest is when the heart begins to beat abnormally, stopping the victim’s blood from circulating properly


Who does cardiac arrest affect?

Cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any age, of any gender. The victim could have no prior history of heart problems, with sudden cardiac arrest most likely in the younger population.

High profile cases, such as the cardiac arrest suffered by premier league footballer Fabrice Muamba, have highlighted the real dangers of cardiac arrest.


What is the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?

Put simply a heart attack is a problem with the ‘plumbing’, this stops the blood from flowing freely. A cardiac arrest is a problem with the ‘electrics’ causing an unnatural beating which is fatal.

When suffering a heart attack the victim often remains conscious with tell tale signs, for example shooting pains in the left arm and chest pains. Due to the sudden lack of blood flow during a cardiac arrest, these victims will become unconscious without warning.

A heart attack can often lead to a cardiac arrest; however, a cardiac arrest will never cause a heart attack.


How many people die a year from cardiac arrest in the UK?

140,000 people on average die from cardiac arrest in the UK each year, 241 of which are school children


What are the survival rates of cardiac arrest in the UK?

Survival rates seen from cardiac arrest in the UK are very low. If a person suffers a cardiac arrest their chances of survival are 5%, however when a Defib Machine is used within the first 10 minutes this increases to 75%


Can CPR save a person in cardiac arrest?

Unfortunately, when a cardiac arrest occurs a Defib Machine is the only way to restart someone’s heart. When CPR is used in parallel with a defibrillator the victim has the best possible chance of survival


How does a defibrillator help save a person in cardiac arrest?

A defibrillator, or AED, is a small device that is used to restart the heart after a cardiac arrest. It is the only way to save a person from cardiac arrest.

The Defib Machine shocks the heart with electricity to allow the heart to find a normal rhythm again after a cardiac arrest.


Who can use an automatic defibrillator?

Defib Machines have been designed to be used by anyone, with or without prior training. Simply press the button on the front to open the device and follow the clear instructions provided

How much does a defibrillator cost in the UK?

Where are defibrillators available in the UK?

Currently defibrillators can be found in some public places, however they are often not within the two-minute journey needed to save a person’s life.

Schools, sports centres, shops, offices, warehouses and many other locations are at serious risk of tragedy if they do not have a defibrillator on site.

In case of emergency, always call 999 for help and if needed to find out where the closest publicly available defibrillator is located.

Safeguard Against The Danger of Cardiac Arrest with an AED

We hope that the information above has helped you to understand cardiac arrest in the UK more. Defib Machines provide fully inclusive defibrillators nationwide for just £1 per day.

For more information on cardiac arrest, defibrillators or our fully inclusive deals please call 0800 0852 733 or email solutions@defibmachines.co.uk to speak to one of our specialists.

Cardiac Arrest in the UK