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Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
A cardiac arrest is a medical emergency caused by sudden cessation of the hearts function, meaning it can no longer pump blood round the body.
This can be fatal, and quickly can cause long-term damage to the brain.
60,000 people experience a cardiac arrest in the UK every year, and despite improvements in cardiac care within hospital, only 8% survive to hospital discharge.
Around 80% of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur within the home, and 20% in public places.
Public knowledge and confidence in performing CPR is crucial to improve the likelihood of survival.
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