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World Heart Day: call to prevent sudden cardiac arrest

The Arrhythmia Alliance has marked World Heart Day with calls for greater focus on arrhythmias, highlighting the increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and the potential lives that could be saved by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) used in conjunction with public-access defibrillators.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) could prevent tens of thousands of deaths in the UK, yet members of the public frequently don’t know where to find them, or how easy they are to use, says the Alliance.

Professor A John Camm, President of Arrhythmia Alliance, said, “The cardiac arrest suffered by Fabrice Muamba introduced millions to the potential impact of heart rhythm disorders. Often without warning, cardiac arrhythmias can cause sudden cardiac death, which is the UK’s leading killer”.

“We’re calling for an increased government focus on heart rhythm disorders and that cardiac arrhythmia should be a clear priority in the soon-to-be-drafted Department of Health’s Cardiovascular Outcomes Strategy. “

Trudie Lobban MBE, Arrhythmia Alliance CEO and Founder, added, “World Heart Day allows us to highlight the significance of silent killers like sudden cardiac arrest. Effective first aid training and the widespread placement of an easy-to-use AEDs could save nearly 50,000 lives in the UK every year”.

Published on: September 28, 2012

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