Shock finding on heart attacks

More than half of the population would have no idea what to do if somebody
nearby were to collapse with a heart attack, according to a survey commissioned
by St John’s Ambulance.

The survey was used to launch the charity’s campaign to raise awareness of
the importance of automated external defibrillators and to increase their
adoption in public places in the UK.

The UK currently has a poor record on survival rates after heart attacks –
less than 5 per cent of those who suffer a heart attack out of hospital are
expected to live.

When an automated external defibrillator is applied within the first two or
three minutes after a heart attack, survival rates of as high as 80 per cent have
been recorded.

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