Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North has pledged to work with the Arrhythmia Alliance to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) – the UK’s leading killer – and Arrhythmia Alliance aims to work in partnership with others to reduce the number of deaths in the UK from SCA by 50% by 2020.
At an event held in Parliament hosted by the Arrhythmia Alliance on Thursday 5th November, Caroline signed a pledge in support of the Arrhythmia Alliance’s ‘Now is the Time’ Manifesto. Arrhythmia Alliance’s Manifesto: ‘Now is the Time’ was launched in June this year and delivered into parliaments across the UK. The manifesto presents both the cause of SCA and the consequences of not being adequately equipped to revive a patient. It also offers a seven-task solution to improving, and dramatically increasing, the number of lives saved from SCA.
This event raised awareness of these issues and Parliamentarians who attended had a FREE pulse check, FREE ECG hand-held recording and the opportunity to see a defibrillator demonstration.
Arrhythmia Alliance Chief Executive Trudie Lobban MBE, who hosted the event, said:
“Today across the UK, up to 250 people will be struck down by sudden cardiac arrest and less than 20 will survive – in many other places across the world MORE THAN 100 of these people would survive and continue to live their lives. All of this can happen quickly – in fact, in a matter of seconds… sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, at any time, any age, without warning. Unless treated immediately by CPR and defibrillation this always leads to death within minutes.”
“We have seen, first-hand, the affects of Sudden Caridac Arrest recently at a school in Romsey it is only thanks to the quick thinking of a member of staff that the person involved survived. I would call on my constituents to have your heart rhythm checked to ensure those with underlying hearth problems such as arrhythmias are diagnosed before suffering what is all-to-often a fatal cardiac arrest.”
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Notes to editor:
- Arrhythmia Alliance
The Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups and allied professionals representing thousands of individual members. Although these groups remain independent, they work together under the A-A umbrella to promote timely and effective diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. This unique coalition provides an integral information and support network for those affected by arrhythmias and it is a springboard for medical discussion and health service improvement.
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by an abnormal heart rhythm (e.g. ventricular tachycardia). There is rarely a warning and the patient always loses consciousness. SCA is not the same as a heart attack, although a person suffering a heart attack has an increased risk of SCA. A heart attack can be thought of as a problem with the plumbing of the heart, a SCA is a problem with the electrical system within the heart. A heart attack is caused by a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the heart. The affected heart muscle then begins to die due to lack of oxygen. Symptoms include central ‘crushing’ chest pain, often radiating to arms and jaw. The patient usually remains awake and alert.
- Defibs Save Lives
CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is used when someone enters sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) to circulate oxygen around the body until the emergency services arrive. When CPR chest compressions and a defibrillator are used together chances of survival from SCA increase from 9% to 50%. The Resuscitation Council recommends that CPR chest compressions are administered to a depth of 5 to 6 centimeters at a rate of 100-120 times a minute. 30 CPR chest compressions should be administered between shocks from a defibrillator.
Arrhythmia Alliance provides fundraising support, in addition to information, advice and guidance to help make communities across the UK safer in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. To learn more about placing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in your community, visit www.defibssavelives.org.