About sudden cardiac arrest


Hearts & Homes is a commitment to tackle one of the UK’s biggest killers – sudden cardiac arrest.

Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and early defibrillation is key to give a person the best chance of surviving. 

Did you know?

  • It is estimated more than 60,000 people die in the UK every year

  • 12 young people die from sudden cardiac arrest every week in the UK

  • Using a defibrillator with CPR increases the chances of someone surviving a cardiac arrest from as little 6% to 74%

  • Time is of the essence – the chances of someone surviving a sudden cardiac arrest decrease around 10% every minute without defibrillation 

  • Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time, regardless of age, health or any other factors

  • There are often no warning signs

  • Sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack are not the same – a sudden cardiac arrest is when the electrics of the heart stop working and it stops beating immediately, a heart attack is when the plumbing of the heart is not working correctly but the heart can often continue to function in a limited way for some time