Steve McCabe MP joins campaigners to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak has joined campaigners from the Arrhythmia Alliance to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), the UK's leading killer. Steve signed a pledge in support of the Arrhythmia Alliance’s ‘Now is the Time’ Manifesto. 

The manifesto sets out 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. Arrhythmia Alliance aims to work in partnership with individuals and other organizations to reduce the number of deaths in the UK from SCA by 50% by 2020.

After signing the pledge Steve had his pulse checked using an ECG hand-held recording device and had the opportunity to see a defibrillator demonstration. 

Steve McCabe MP said:

 “Sudden cardiac arrest is the UK’s leading killer and despite this many of us would not know what to do if someone around us was struck. If we are going to reduce the alarming number of deaths resulting from SCA in the UK we need to raise awareness on all fronts, by addressing the causes and ensuring people know what to do if someone around them suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.”

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.”

 

For further information about Arrhythmia Alliance or to view the Manifesto, please visit: http://heartrhythmcharity.org.uk/

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