Resuscitation Council UK have partnered with Brentford FC, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Pablo London and A-K-A Day. Together we will raise awareness of game-changing research to drive forward our knowledge of cardiovascular disease in target groups to discover more effective treatments. And, drive education and training within our local communities around the screening through the CRY programme for Under-35s. The Heart of West London Partnership working together to change the game for cardiac health.
Why cardiac health?
Heart and circulatory diseases cause around a quarter of all deaths in the UK which is one death every three minutes. 7.6m people are affected by cardiac health in the UK and this is not just the middle-aged and elderly; every week at least 12 young people (aged 35 and under) die from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Performing CPR can more than double the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. This drives our passion for increasing the amount of training in this life-saving skill. The overall survival rate in the UK for an Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest is less than 1 in 10. It’s also estimated that public-access defibrillators (PADs) are used in less than 10% of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests. Building confidence in CPR and using a defibrillator is an important aspect of our mission.
Through evidence-based, data driven campaigning we will target the areas and communities where our joint expertise is needed most.
Changing the game
Cardiovascular disease affects us all. And together we want to make a big impact.
Our activity will focus on:
Getting CPR and Defibrillator training to as many people as possible so everyone can learn the skills to save a life.
Getting people moving and understanding the simple changes they can make in their lives to improve their cardiac health.
Preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through additional screenings
Raising money for funding innovative treatment, equipment and research into cardiac health
Supporting families affected by cardiac conditions
Our member organisations are currently focused on improving outcomes in the UK, but once we have momentum will look to achieve the same objectives globally.
James Cant, Chief Executive at Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) said:
“We are excited to be partnering with these wonderful organisations, who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in heart health. Our aim is to save as many lives as possible by working in collaboration with our partners, to raise awareness of cardiac arrest and heart disease and to provide solutions to reduce deaths in this area.
There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year, and every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by ten per cent. This is why it’s crucial that as many people as possible learn the very basics of CPR and defibrillation. It only takes a few minutes to learn and taking these steps offers a significantly greater chance of survival to a person having a cardiac arrest.”