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Reddish Vale Country Park

Defibrillator

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Reddish Vale Country Park

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Reddish Vale Visitor Centre is now a heart safe area thanks to the Friends Of The Vale obtaining a life saving defibrillator. The defibrillator is located in the Visitor Centre and is available to anyone who needs it.

The defibrillator is fully automatic and can be used by untrained people, although the Friends Group has paid for ten volunteers to do a level 2 award in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation course which will improve the chances of survival of anyone suffering a heart attack. Around 175,000 people in the UK suffer a heart attack each year.

The defibrillator was funded by a generous grant from Forever Manchester.  

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An AED or automated external defribrillator is a life saving device which gives anyone, trained or untrained, the ability to deliver a life saving shock of electricity to a victim of cardiac arrest (where the heart is in an abnormal rythym/electrical chaos) restoring the hearts normal rythm.

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle.

A heart attack is known medically as a myocardial infarction or MI.

 

Symptoms can include:

•chest pain – the chest can feel like it is being pressed or squeezed by a heavy object, and pain can radiate from the chest to the jaw, neck, arms and back

•shortness of breath

•feeling weak and/or lightheaded

•overwhelming feeling of anxiety

 

It is important to stress that not everyone experiences severe chest pain; the pain can often be mild and mistaken for indigestion.

 

It is the combination of symptoms that is important in determining whether a person is having a heart attack, and not the severity of chest pain.