Every 20 minutes someone suffers a cardiac arrest. Six out of 10 victims die before reaching the hospital. Something that could largely be avoided. The problem? 42% of those affected are not practiced resuscitation before they can reach the place medical equipment. Rapid access to a defibrillator could prevent up to 80 percent of those deaths from heart attacks.

Dr. Bartolomé Beltrán, medical director of the Antena 3 Group, recalled that "every minute that is delayed in the resuscitation maneuvers the chances of survival decrease between 7 and 10 percent." However, he added, "the chances of survival is 3 out of 4 cases when implanting a defibrillator."

"Every minute that is delayed in the resuscitation maneuvers the chances of survival decrease between 7 and 10 percent"

In order to raise awareness of the importance of this device and demand its existence in schools, restaurants, hotels and theaters has emerged the 'Plant face infarction' campaign, promoted by the leading Spanish and American cardiology scientific societies. In addition to claiming the need to guarantee rapid access in case of emergency to these devices through Cardioprotected Areas, the aim is also to raise awareness in society about the need to carry a cardio-healthy lifestyle as the main prevention tool against sudden death.

Experts recommend starting prevention from the first years of life through the education of heart-healthy habits, and with special emphasis on food.

Source: EUROPE PRESS

Heart Attack Myth Busters (November 2019).