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Learn How To Restart A Heart

Goalkeepers Support CPR Campaign

24 October 2017

Goalkeepers Ben Williams, Myles Boney and Ryan Allsop are backing a campaign that encourages people to save lives by learning CPR.

On the back of Restart A Heart Day, where the North West Ambulance Service visited secondary schools to teach pupils CPR, the trio hope to raise further awareness of how you can be a lifesaver. 

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) has launched a film which could potentially save lives up and down the North West – and it takes less than three minutes to watch.

Let ‘Agent Lifesaver’ show you the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest, how to perform effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator to give the best chances of survival to someone in cardiac arrest.

"We make saves every day in training, but nothing compares to saving a life," Ryan Allsop said. "Education is vital in helping people learn the basics of CPR and it's great that the North West Ambulance Service has been visiting schools to deliver the necessary skills.

"Hopefully the launch of the new Agent Lifesaver video will give more people the confidence to attempt CPR and use a defibrillator to help improve survival rates of those who have a cardiac arrest." 

A person in cardiac arrest will die within minutes unless they are treated immediately with CPR and defibrillation. The CPR keeps oxygen circulating around the body to prevent damage to the brain and other organs, while a defibrillator gives an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore its normal rhythm.

Survival rates for people who have cardiac arrests are dismal with less than one in ten people (8.6%) going on to make a recovery in the UK.

Anyone can attempt CPR, but the lack of training means that people rarely have the confidence to do so. Only 30% of people who witness a cardiac arrest at home or in a public place will attempt CPR. 

Give the Agent Lifesaver video a watch and help improve those statistics. 

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