What is the difference between a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack?

The terms sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually two very different medical conditions. While a sudden cardiac arrest refers to the heart malfunctioning, a heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood […]

What is the Chain of Survival?

When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside of hospital, there’s a chain of events which can increase their chance of survival. This is known as the Chain of Survival Concept. A term first coined by the American Heart Association in 1991, their paper ‘Improving Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest: The Chain of Survival […]

Where’s your nearest defibrillator?

If someone has a cardiac arrest in a public place, their chances of survival could soon be greatly improved. It’s all thanks to a new project which aims to tell people the location of their nearest defibrillator.  You may have seen Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in and around local parks and schools. There are tens […]

Project Heartbeat launches in Reading

With one of the fastest growing business centres in the country, Reading has been chosen for the UK launch of Project Heartbeat – a business and community partnership scheme designed to better protect lives. Launched at Reading FC’s Majedski Stadium on Tuesday 17th July 2018, Project Heartbeat asked local businesses to consider urgent sponsorship of public […]

How Does A Defibrillator Work?

In an emergency situation, knowing how to use a defibrillator could save someone’s life. You can find defibrillators in numerous public places, from leisure centres to train stations, and knowing how a defibrillator works can help you act more effectively in a stressful situation. To help you feel more confident using a defibrillator, here’s a […]