It's a sad fact that there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests in the community every year and less than one in ten people will survive. Over 80% of these cardiac arrests happen in peoples homes. Many more lives could be saved if people could recognise a heart attack, undertake basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use a defibrillator.
To help try and improve the survival rate from a cardiac arrest locally, Welland Parish Council has recently installed a defibrillator outside Welland Primary School.
The Parish Council would now like to raise the awareness of how to recognise a heart attack and offer residents a free, hands-on training session with real defibrillators.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when your heart muscle is starved of oxygen. The symptoms of a heart attack will vary from one person to another. The most common signs are:
• Chest pain: tightness, heaviness, pain or a burning feeling in your chest
• Pain in arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach. For some people this pain or tightness is severe, while other people just feel uncomfortable
• Pale colour
• Feeling light-headed
• Becoming short of breath
• Feeling nauseous or vomiting