Davide Astori’s sudden cardiac arrest is another timely reminder that it can happen to young fit people as well as the older less fit.

When the heart stops, a cardiac arrest has occurred. The most common cause is an abnormal rhythm of the heart, known as ventricular fibrillation. This abnormal rhythm can occur when the heart muscle is damaged as a result of a heart attack or when insufficient oxygen reaches the heart. A machine called an AED (automated external defibrillator) can be used on adults and children over the age of one year to correct the heart rhythm by giving an electric shock. AED’s are available in many public places, including shopping centres, railway stations and airports.  The machine analyses the casualty’s heart rhythm and visual prompts and voice prompts describe the action to be taken at each stage. In most situations when an AED is called for, you will already have started CPR.

Do you know how to recognise the onset of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and what to do should it happen to someone with you?

Do you know how to give CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation)?

Do you know how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator)?

If you can’t say yes to these three important questions, perhaps it’s time you thought about developing your First Aid skills, and learning about this and many other important techniques to use in the home or workplace.

My courses are local to you and can fit into your busy schedule – call or email me to arrange one from as little as £85 including manuals, certificate valid for 3 years, and valuable life skills.

Don’t waste time, you never know when you could provide important first aid to someone close to you.