Shocking figures reveal nearly two-thirds of people in Leeds do not know the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest.
Research from St John Ambulance reveals 68 per cent of people in the city cannot spot the difference between the two.
When a heart attack is not treated promptly, it could lead to a potentially fatal cardiac arrest – when the patient stops breathing and needs resuscitation.
A third of the 92,000 British people who suffer from heart attacks each year tragically die.
And now the charity is calling on residents to learn how to spot and treat heart attack symptoms.
Simon Dunn, regional director for St John Ambulance in the North East, said: “We want to give people the chance to make an achievable and potentially life saving New Year’s resolution.”
The symptoms of a heart attack are known as the Four Ps:
* Pain (in the chest)
* Pulse (weak or rapid)
* Pale (ashen skin)
If a heart attack is suspected, patients should be sitting down with knees bent, head and back supported, 999 called and one 300mg aspirin given to chew slowly – as long as the patient is not allergic or under 16.
Simon Dunn added: “We’re asking people to help us reduce heart attack deaths by watching our simple steps on how to spot a heart attack, and share it with friends.
“It’s quick, easy and free.
“We hope not, but this could be the year they need to use their knowledge.”
The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All campaign.
We are giving 500 readers the chance to learn lifesaving techniques to help them cope with emergencies.
Our three-hour courses have already taught lifesaving skills to over 125 people.
To view the short video visit www.sja.org.uk/4ps
Courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road on the following dates:
January 14 2014, 10am to 1pm
Jan 30 2014, 9.30am- 12.30pm
January 30 2014, 1pm to 4pm
February 12, 2014, 6pm to 9pm
February 24 2014, 1pm to 4pm
March 25 2014, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Leeds Church Inst, New Market Street on the following dates:
January 20 2014, noon to 3pm
February 7 2014, 10am to 1pm
February 18 2014, 9.30am to 12.30pm