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Thanks to Barclays!

Heartbeat would like to thank the Barclays Team at Fishergate and Moor Park Branches for their amazing support during 2015.

In total the Barclays Team raised an amazing…

£6,057.22

Your continued support is very much appreciated!

 

Conlon Construction lead by example

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Leading by example, Conlon Construction have taken a step to giving anyone in the organisation and local community a better chance of survival if Cardiac Arrest was to strike. When an AED and CPR are immediately available, the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is substantially improved. Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more”

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Current UK survival rates among people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital remain extremely poor, varying from 2% to 12%. Every year an estimated 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK, 30,000 of which are treated by emergency medical services (British Medical Journal).

Optimal use of the “chain of survival” is what makes the difference between life and death. 30 years ago it was discovered that when someone suffered an out of hospital Cardiac arrest; if certain things happened in a certain order, their chances of survival increased. This concept is now known as the Chain of Survival. The Chain of survival is made up of four links; three of which can be strengthened by members of the public who take some time to learn basic life skills. The first link is early recognition; being able to recognise someone is in Cardiac arrest is the first step to helping them. The second link is early CPR; by performing chest compressions you can keep their heart going until a defibrillator arrives. The third link is early defibrillation. Finally, the forth link is early advanced care. This is delivered by the paramedics who arrive shortly after. If you start CPR within 2 minutes, place a defibrillator on their chest in four minutes and a paramedic arrives in 8, they have a 40% chance of survival.

A defibrillator also known as a ‘defib’ or automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death for the victim of a sudden cardiac arrest.  This portable device checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

A patient’s chance of survival decreases 14% every minute that passes without defibrillation; with the application of an AED within 5 minutes of collapse the best possible chance of survival is maintained (North West Ambulance Service).

AED machines are built to be easy to use, safe and reliable giving verbal insturctions throughout treatment. If someone is in cardiac arrest (unresponsive and not breathing at all or not breathing normally) don’t be scared to use one, the AED will not let you shock a person it is not appropriate.

AEDs save lives

“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation of early defibrillation. Increased provision of early defibrillation through the widespread deployment of AEDs is now considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality from cardiac arrest due to ischaemic heart disease.” (The Resuscitation Council UK)

 

For more information about our corporate AED packages:

Contact:  Sian@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

Mike’s Story…

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I’m a 53 year old Chartered Civil Engineer. I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly fit and healthy guy. I’m not overweight, I have a pretty healthy diet (skimmed milk, low fat spreads, not too much red meat, decent amounts of fruit, veg and oily fish etc). Alcohol? Yes please, but only in moderation. Smoking? No thanks never done it.

Over the years I’ve done plenty of running and swimming, played squash and took up hang gliding. I admit I could do more exercise but there’s always something else to do or another excuse isn’t there?

However, both parents and both sets of grandparents have had heart problems, some dying at a relatively young age.

I have regular company medicals and they generally give me a clean bill of health although I frequently have raised cholesterol. But hey, that’s just a number… isn’t it?

In March 2014 I got “crushing” pains in my chest but I’ve never been crushed and don’t really know how bad the pain is supposed to be before I do anything about it… let’s see how it goes – oh and I’ve still got the tail end of a cold so it’s probably just a chest infection.

I started to get breathless like I’ve run a marathon. Simple tasks like climbing my stairs at home are becoming a challenge and I have to stop to recover half way up… Hmm, this is unusual… no, I’ve still got my cold so I’ll be fine when it goes.

A week went by, indigestion was a bit of a nuisance… Oh I remember, I had a curry a couple of days ago that will be it.

Then starting to get a feeling in my throat like cramp now… my colds gone so it can’t be that… I know, I’ll have swallowed something without chewing it enough that would do it… wouldn’t it?

Funny this, my colds gone a couple of weeks ago but I’m still getting chest pains, breathlessness, indigestion and throat cramp. I’ve slipped up and mentioned it to my missus but she just keeps nagging on about seeing the Doctor… I’m a bloke though and we don’t see Doctors do we chaps?

In April 2014 after putting up with 6 weeks of being told by my kids as well as my wife to check it out I wondered why I am getting the chest pains when it’s just cold and I’m not even exercising? My wife mentioned it could be Angina but that’s for old fellas not fit and healthy chaps like me (I’m still 20 in my head of course!)

So I went to see the Doctor (strictly to prove to the missus I’m fine and stop her nagging you understand). The doctor didn’t tell me off for wasting his time –he says he wants some blood tests pretty urgently and also sends me for an ECG.

Blood tests came back saying high cholesterol. I’ve had this before though so no worries. Doc refers me to a specialist, and prescribes me a load of tablets and a GTN spray. This should sort me out! ECG day arrives – still been having pains, but I’m feeling fine now (or am I in denial?) so I’m still wasting their time of course but now it’s the Consultant and all the nurses at the hospital whose time I’m wasting… Aren’t I?

  • First ECG done – resting. No significant problems there… Told you so… I’m fine.
  • Second ECG done about 30 mins later. On a treadmill this time. My chance to prove how fit I am. I’m going to get such a lecture off the medical people for the waste of time and expense… Hang on, the nurses are having a conversation and pointing at the screen… Why are they stopping the test after 2 minutes and making me sit down? I thought I was meant to go on for 15 minutes?
  • I see my Consultant on a Thursday evening. Prescribed another load of tablets, books me in for an angiogram on Monday and tells me they’ll install stents if necessary at the same time… that’s good service – must just be lucky with a cancellation. Tells me to call 999 if I get any chest pains that the GTN spray can’t shift. He’s being overcautious… Isn’t he? He also wants me back in hospital the next day for a pre-op. Tells me to expect a call from the hospital in the morning to confirm a time and stresses don’t be more than 30 minutes drive away, this seems a bit unusual, probably just doesn’t want the appointments messed up if I’m late.
  • Saturday, bin day, need to get 2 heavy garden waste wheelie bins out, Wow that was painful! Use the spray, not shifting it, try again, is that better? Not sure… do I call 999?  No, I might be wasting their time, stick with the spray. Pain most of the time but I can cope… just…
  • Monday, well here we are, angiogram time and I’m on the operating table. I’ll still be wasting their time of course, they’ll find no problems and send me home in a couple of hours. I get to watch the whole procedure live on a TV screen as well – this should be good!
  • What’s that? 1 artery 99% narrowed and needs 3 stents inserting today, 2 further arteries 35% narrowed, one which serves both front and back of my heart, told I was extremely lucky not to have had a heart attack already, especially after my ‘wheelie bin wrestling’ over the weekend.
  • Finally get told off by the Consultant and nurses, NO Not for wasting their time but for ignoring what my body was telling me, not listening to my wife and kids and for not calling 999 when I put the bins out.

Update June 2014 The angiogram and stents operation wasn’t without its challenges, mainly because of dealing with the 99% narrowing I understand and I ended up in theatre twice in one day then spent a further 3 days in coronary care.

I’d be lying if I said the operation was pain free – it wasn’t, and I’m having to get used to taking lots of tablets 3 times a day but I’m still here which puts everything into perspective.

Almost 2 months on from the operation, I’m feeling fine and am now going to the gym weekly as part of my rehabilitation as well as increasing my regular exercise.

I can’t thank Dr Balachandran and the staff of the Royal Blackburn Hospital enough for their care (and the lectures!). I’d also like to thank Sian Percival -Edwards of Heartbeat for allowing me to share this story with you.

… and yes, I now listen to what my body tells me and, just as importantly, what my wife and family advise me. Ignorance really isn’t bliss.

Mike Purcell

Graham’s Story…

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When Graham Kirkham suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple bypass at the age of 44 he was stunned. Although there was history of heart disease in the family Graham always felt he was fairly fit and active, “I thought I was bullet proof as I was never ill and worked long hours in a very physical job.”

After his time in hospital Graham came to Heartbeat for cardiac rehabilitation, he has never looked back and credits Heartbeat with turning his life around.

“After having a heart attack and bypass, you feel frightened when it comes to exercise even though you know you need it” says Graham. “I was nervous and tentative about exercising as I did not know what would happen. But the team at Heartbeat put me at ease. You go there twice a week for exercise under supervision and within weeks, you love the place and can’t wait until the next time you go. The cardiac rehabilitation is structured and there are nurses on hand to support you.  It’s great as you are in the company of like-minded people who have all been through similar heart procedures.

“I felt so much better after going to Heartbeat as it has filled me with confidence and given me a new lease of life.”

Gavin’s Story …

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It’s November 2012 and I’ve just popped in to see Dr. Dingle about a touch of flu that seems to have settled onto my chest, me thinks a session with some antibiotics should do the trick. ‘Not so fast’, says he ‘first tell me about those times you find yourself out of breath’.

That was the beginning. Before I knew it I was on a treadmill at Lancaster Hospital, breathing heavily into various tubes under the watchful eyes of a couple of medics – results were duly analysed and a subsequent angiogram confirmed my worst fears – at least one blocked artery, possibly two – ‘we recommend a by-pass’, ouch. It’s now February 2013.

By the time I underwent my operation in April 2013 I had been sufficiently educated in the workings of my heart and the surgeon’s intentions that I could have given a presentation on the subject! That said, nothing could alleviate the panic & real fear that I felt when I entered that theatre.

I shouldn’t have worried. A few hours later I woke up to the soothing sound of Charlotte, the CITU nurse, and my beloved partner Maureen gently stroking my arm with that ‘hello again’ look on her face. 5 days later and I was home.

Since then it’s been ‘onwards & upwards’. What started as baby-steps along our street culminated in a short walk to the golf club and my first post-op pint a week later! Little by little, I grew stronger & more confident but the real improvements started when I met the nurses & staff of the Heartbeat organisation.

If I was asked to sum up my thoughts about Heartbeat in a single word it would be … ‘Safe’ because that’s the way they have made me feel since that first tentative visit. Their professionalism, friendship and understanding, throughout what has been a traumatic experience, has given me a positive outlook and one I can build upon for a brighter future. They have armed me with a better understanding of ‘healthy living’ and, in the company of like-minded individuals, my twice-weekly visits to their gym ensure that the repairs undertaken by those wonderful people last April is maintained.

It now takes me a bit longer to get out of breath – an hour in the Heartbeat gym normally does it (!) but recovery time is much quicker and you can’t buy the glow you feel stepping outside afterwards. Ben Nevis beckons once more!

What started off as part of my recovery but has since become a vital part of my day-to-day. So ‘Thank you’ Heartbeat. Long may we both continue.

Gavin

 

 

January 2016 Lottery Results

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Lottery Winners January 2016

The winners for the week ending the 29th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

C9755 – BROWN A

£100 winners

C9755 – PNEFC – AGENT

N0927 – WORSLEY J

M1889 – DURRANT T

£50 winners

C3074 – HUNT J

A9279 – SHARPLES H

£25 winners

F3318 – BLACKBURN K

T1240 – GREENWOOD B

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The winners for the week ending the 22nd January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

A3419 – MCDOUGALL

£100 winners

A3419 – BRISCOE S – AGENT

Q8557 – BOOKER J

P2302 – POWER S

£50 winners

T5778 – CHEETHAM W

D0863 – MCGUIGEN T

£25 winners

N4569 – ROBINSON A

M1715 – HANDS L

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The winners for the week ending the 15th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

B6041 – HOSKINSON S

£100 winners

B6041 – WEST C – AGENT

R6674 – SCOTT L

W6219 – FEARN T

£50 winners

C7052 – GAUTREY S

K2205 – CHARNOCK R

£25 winners

Q1358 – HIGHAM K

N7548 – HARVEY M

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The winners for the week ending the 8th January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

L5673 – WILKINSON W

£100 winners

D7553 – SWARBRICK J

J5814 – LANGSTRETH D

£50 winners

A7770 – HOBIN J

N1243 – LINGARD T

£25 winners

R5305 – BRIDGE W

A2046 – ROBINSON

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The winners for the week ending the 1st January are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

W1204 – SANDERSON L

£100 winners

U9342 – LIGHTFOOT M

R2613 – DIXON M

£50 winners

Q1954 – WAREING JA

S2868 – DUEDALE J

£25 winners

Q7541 – SCOTT PJ

K7111 – GEMMELL I

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Heartbeat Christmas Raffle Prizes Announced!

Thank you for taking part and supporting Heartbeat!

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets in our Christmas Raffle, the support was overwhelming and so very much appreciated!

Well done to all the raffle prize winners! Please find below lucky winning information…

1st Prize £2,000   .   2nd Prize Mini iPad   .   3rd Prize Kindle

 

 Prize Description  Winner 
 1st Prize  £2,000  Mrs Lees
 2nd Prize  Mini iPad  Mr Drysdale
 3rd Prize  Kindle  K Emery
 4th Prize  Bottle of Champagne  W Flynn
 5th Prize  Denby Wine Glasses  S Wood
 6th Prize  Bottle of Whiskey  Mr P Martin
 7th Prize  Bottle of Whiskey  Mrs B Sullivan
 8th Prize  Bottle of White Wine  S Trafford
 9th Prize  Tin of Biscuits  Mr V Richards
10th Prize  Tin of Biscuits  S Speirs

All prize winners will be contacted directly by Heartbeat.

December 2015 Lottery Results

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Lottery Winners December 2015

The winners for the week ending the 25th December are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

C7285 – COXHEAD L

£100 winners

C7285 – AGENT

J7363 – ELAND D

L1675 – DINGLE B

£50 winners

R1789 – RAWLINSON D

V3394 – HELM P

£25 winners

A9144 – MILNER

U4171 – DESAI U

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The winners for the week ending the 18th December are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

K0429 – PROBERT J

£100 winners

P2974 – SNAPE P

U3947 – NEWTON A

£50 winners

T3966 – SANDERSON R

U3091 – WHEATLAND C

£25 winners

K9612 – JENKINS D

N9383 – BROWN A

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The winners for the week ending the 11th December are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

V5320 – DUFFY J

£100 winners

C3509 – CARRADICE D

M4272 – HOLLAND L

£50 winners

G4535 – JOHNSTON G

S6187 – GREEN J

£25 winners

K5598 – RICH D

K5308 – MCGILL D

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The winners for the week ending the 4th December are now available to view. All winners will be notified by post.

£1000 winner

J3887 – WHITESIDE I & C

£100 winners

Q9461 – MORTIMER M

L3226 – ROBERTSON A

£50 winners

B9515 – BARTLEY J

L2058 – MEIN J

£25 winners

B9686 – WALLBANK D

M1918 – MARSLAND S

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Parkside Christmas Lights 2015

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See the splendid Christmas Lights at Parkside, Lea, who are raising funds for their favourite heart charity, Heartbeat.

Also, on Tuesday 15th December at 18.00 will see a short Community Carol Service outside the house, music by St Christopher’s Church Lea, sing along.

“Be aware that as we are a closed estate, parking will be limited, so get on your boots, fill your pockets with change and come on down !”

PARKSIDE, PR2 1YS Lea, Lancashire

 

Click here for further details and Facebook Link

Click here for the Just Giving page

 

 

 

‘Shoctober’ Success Set To Save Lives

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NWAS’ shoctober campaign, which unsurprisingly ran throughout October, saw the public, schools, organisations and celebrities including Paddy McGuiness using the hashtag #findthedefib to locate defibrillators that could potentially be used to save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest.

NWAS asked its followers to ‘send a selfie and save a life’ whenever they came across a defibrillator, and tweet its location so that it could be checked against the list of defibrillators that 999 call handlers use to direct callers to when trying to save the life of a person in cardiac arrest.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small machines which can ‘shock’ a person’s heart into restarting. They are easy to use as they talk through the process and they won’t deliver a shock unless it is required. There is no clinical training required to be able to use the machine.

Tweeted 5,864 times, #findthedefib led the ambulance service to 686 defibrillator locations, some as far as Hong Kong and Australia. Of those identified in the North West of England, 290 were unknown to the Trust and will be added to NWAS’ database to help save the lives of patients in the future.

MPs, schools, gyms, youth groups, fire services, police officers, sports teams, councils, supermarkets, media organisations, business owners and NWAS staff all rose to the challenge to ‘find the defib’ and their efforts will contribute to more lives being saved in the region.

NWAS Community Engagement Manager, Andy Redgrave said: “The response from the public and local organisations was absolutely fantastic. We hoped they would get behind us to make this campaign a success as we had zero budget for this, but never imagined it would go global!

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“During the campaign we took the opportunity to involve our Twitter followers in quizzes and fact or fiction posts to help dispel many of the myths that exists about defibrillators, for example that only trained people can use them and that you can be prosecuted for using one incorrectly which simply isn’t possible.

“It’s heartening to learn that all these people know the importance of having defibrillators in public places. Our ultimate aim is for defibrillators to be installed in areas of high footfall across the UK, including schools and colleges, and for them to be positioned alongside fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

“A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone – young or old, at any time and the use of a defibrillator within the first few minutes, while professional help is on the way, can improve the chances of survival by up to 70 per cent.”

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Last year, the Trust attended 13,636 suspected cardiac arrest incidents in the region and this number increases year on year.

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