Sedella's life-saving initiative

HEART attack victims will have a better chance of life after a town installed life-saving equipment in its streets.

From now on the 700 inhabitants of Sedella will be assured prompt attention in the event of suffering heart problems.

Two semi-automatic defibrillators have been installed in two streets and eight people have received training in how to use them.

That means residents can be treated for any heart and breathing problems within four minutes of an attack, greatly improving recovery rates.

By February all sporting venues and places where large numbers of people gather will be required to have defibrillators by law.

Sedella has been congratulated for taking the initiative in this scheme as the first five minutes after a heart attack are the most crucial due to the fact that lack of oxygen and blood to the brain can lead to irreversible brain damage and death.

The use of a defibrillator can save 90 per cent of heart attack victims if treated within one minute, although for every minute that passes the success rate is reduced by 10 per cent.

At the moment the survival rate for heart attacks in Andalucia is only 2 per cent.

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