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International charity helps save lives in Bristol through its “Defibs Save Lives” campaign

The charity Arrhythmia Alliance — which raises awareness of heart rhythm disorders and sudden cardiac arrest— is lending its support to save lives in Bristol with the placement of an AED at Christ Church, Clifton. 

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a life-saving piece of equipment that should be easily accessible in all public places and communities. In the UK, more than 100,000 people die each year from a sudden cardiac arrest — that is more than breast cancer, lung cancer, and AIDS combined. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart completely stops because of an abnormal heart rhythm and, if the heart is not restarted within minutes, it can prove fatal. The only way to restart the heart, after a sudden cardiac arrest, is to use a defibrillator to “shock” the heart back into normal rhythm. Professional footballer, Christian Eriksen, was saved with the world watching on, thanks to the quick action and use of an AED.

CPR alone provides 9% chance of survival; CPR and AED increase the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest to over 70%.

Arrhythmia Alliance’s campaign “Defibs Save Lives” raises awareness of the importance of knowing the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and the use of an AED. A heart attack is related to the plumbing of the heart whereas a SCA is to do with the electrics – hence the need of an AED to “shock” the heart back into a normal rhythm. The charity also provides information, education, and support on installing and the use of AEDs — such as the one at Christ Church Clifton. Anyone can use an AED – the machine speaks to you telling you exactly what to do and it only shocks the person if their heart is in a potentially fatal heart rhythm. Therefore, you cannot harm anyone when using the AED. For more information on the use of an AED: https://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/uk/defibs-save-lives 

Bristol-born Mrs Trudie Lobban MBE, who lost her husband to sudden cardiac death and is Founder and CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance, says: “We launched our Defibs Save Lives campaign in Bristol, so I am thrilled that my hometown is continuing to support the campaign by providing greater public access to AEDs. For someone having a sudden cardiac arrest, an AED can literally mean the difference between life and death. The more AEDs that are installed in public places like Christ Church Clifton, the more lives can be saved.” 

Church member retired nurse Val Moore and Bristol based cardiologist and heart rhythm specialist, Professor Graham Stuart have long pushed for the church to install an AED because of the need to provide the community with life-saving equipment. Professor Stuart, who is a member of the Arrhythmia Alliance Medical Advisory Committee, says: “We wanted facilities that were better suited to the church family and were more available to serve our local community. Installing an AED is our church’s way of supporting our local community and ensuring anyone suffering a SCA has the greatest opportunity to survive.” 

For more information, visit the Defibs Save Lives campaign page

For more information about Clifton Christ Church, click here

For an interview with Mrs Trudie Lobban, MBE, or Professor Stuart, email: trudie@heartrhytmalliance.org

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About Arrhythmia Alliance Arrhythmia Alliance is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups, and allied professionals. A-A provides information, support, education, and awareness on all heart rhythm disorders and sudden cardiac arrest. For more information, visit: https://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/uk

 

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