How do I know if someone is in cardiac arrest?

At Heartwize we use the DRS ABC mnemonic to assess and perform CPR. If you find somebody collapsed, firstly assess whether there is any Danger in approaching. If not, check the person for a Response, by lightly shaking there shoulders and asking "Can you hear me?". If there is no response, call for Help. Assess the patients Airway and Breathing by looking inside there mouth for obstruction, performing a head tilt, chin lift, then looking at their chest whilst listening and feeling for breaths on your cheek. If you cannot detect any breaths, the patient is likely in cardiac arrest, and you should call the emergency services, then begin CPR and ask someone to fetch an AED immediately.


What’s the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest?

There are distinct differences between a heart attack and cardiac arrest, however both are medical emergencies related to your heart. 

A heart attack (also known as myocardial infarction) occurs when there is an impairment of the blood supply to the muscles of the heart. This may cause severe pain, and must be treated to prevent death of the heart muscle. Heart attacks may lead to cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, causing long term damage to organs such as the brain. A cardiac arrest requires immediate resuscitation by CPR to increase the chances of survival.


 What is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – CPR?

CPR is an emergency medical procedure which involves cycles of chest compressions and sometimes artificial respiration, to help maintain blood circulation and oxygen transport around the body in a person who has suffered cardiac arrest. 

Chest compressions are performed by placing hands along the nipple line and pressing down 5-6cm at a rate of around 100-120 bpm.


Who can use an Automated External Defibrillator?

Anyone who is trained in basic life support, including medical professionals and the general public. Heartwize aims to teach confidence and competence in using AEDs, to help save lives.


Where do we get CPR training kits from?

Please contact the team using the contact us page to enquire about getting a CPR training kit.


Can we get an AED for our village/ group/ school?

Please contact the team using the contact us page to enquire about getting an AED.


How can I book training for my school?

Please contact the team using the contact us page to book training. 


How can I book training for my village / group?

Please contact the team using the contact us page to book training.
Creating a Generation of Lifesavers Heartwize Resuscitation Training Programme
Suite 23, Weston House, 18-22 Church Street, Lutterworth,
Leicestershire. LE17 4AW
Tel: 01455 687993
Mob: 07976 275038
E-Mail: heartwize@heartwize.org
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