St John Ambulance Comment on New Study about Male Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs

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St John Ambulance, The UK’s leading first aid charity, are urging men to take up first aid training in response to new research, which has shown that male cardiac arrest casualties often ignore the first aid indicator symptoms.

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We urge everyone to learn basic first aid, including what symptoms to look for, as it could be the difference between life and death.

St John Ambulance, The UK’s leading first aid charity, are urging men to take up first aid training.

New research has shown that male cardiac arrest casualties often ignore the first aid indicator symptoms. Due to research carried out by the American Heart Association at the Scientific Sessions meeting in Dallas, it is now possible to conclusively show that out of 567 middle-aged men, over half showed warning signs that went unnoticed in the month before a cardiac arrest.

This worrying statistic proves that many deaths can be avoided by being able to recognise the signs of cardiac arrest early on. Whilst 60,000 cardiac arrest casualties are treated by emergency services, often help will arrive too late. St John’s Ambulance wants to stress the importance that men learn the signs in order to prevent these numbers rising.

Alan Weir, Head of Clinical Services at St John Ambulance, said: “This study supports the belief that men delay going to the doctor, even when it's something as serious as this. Sadly, my own grandfather ignored the warning signs and didn't survive cardiac arrest. We urge everyone to learn basic first aid, including what symptoms to look for, as it could be the difference between life and death.”

About St John Ambulance:
St John Ambulance is the UK’s foremost first aid charity, providing a wide range of training courses to the general public and businesses across all sectors. Thousands of people undergo first aid training each year, from company delegates to schoolchildren.

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