Not a day passes when national newspapers or television channels report on a newsworthy named person having died unexpectedly from sudden cardiac arrest.
However, consider an ordinary person who dies of a cardiac arrest at work, Policeman, Postman, office worker, builder, teacher, the list is endless. A Google search will always retrieve a sad incident of a person dying unexpectedly in any job or profession.
These headlines can only be surpassed when a notable person recovers from a cardiac arrest having had the good fortune of immediate help from “samaritans” who by chance happen to be close by. They were able to provide good CPR whilst the Emergency Services were en-route to the incident and by even more good fortune, a nearby AED was available and used on the patient which enabled the heart to restart in normal rhythm.
Recent famous Sports personalities and celebrities that have suffered and survived an SCA include:-
- Fabrice Muamba
- Bernard Gallacher
- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
For more information on Fabrice Muamba's story click here, or Sir Ranulph Fiennes's story click here.
For some SCA survivor stories please click here.
Sadly, famous people who died of cardiac arrest include:-
- Brittany Murphy
- Mother Teresa
- James Stewart
- Tony Curtis
- Christopher Reeve
The size of your business and place of work may vary and it is true to say the more people there are, the more chance a person may suffer an SCA.
The location where people are employed can increase the chances of an SCA, such places include:-
- Very stressful public areas such as airports, train stations, shopping malls etc
- Working outside in cold weather can influence the possibility of SCA such as building sites, agricultural industry etc
Who is at risk for SCA?
SCA often occurs in active people who seem to be healthy and have no known medical conditions. In these patients, SCA is the first indication of a heart condition. However, some people can be identified in advance as being at risk for SCA. Risk factors include:-
- Previous heart attack
- Coronary artery disease (and risk factors for CAD including smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated LDL cholesterol, family history of heart disease, sedentary lifestyle)
- Heart failure from other causes
- Abnormal heart rate or rhythm (arrhythmia) of unknown cause
- Episodes of fainting of unknown cause
- Low ejection fraction (EF) (<35%)
Photographs of businesses with PADs
Ring O Bells, St Issey
Boots the Chemist, Portishead
Padstow Harbour Masters Office
NCI, Stepper Point
St Eval Candle Company
The Co-Op, Radstock
The Old Ship Inn, Padstow
Whatever your business, whatever the number of staff you employ, no one person is immune to cardiac arrest.
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