Cardiac arrest

If someone has a cardiac arrest, call 999 for an ambulance immediately.

  • Shockingly Easy campaign

    We are running a campaign to get 1,000 extra defibrillators in shops, businesses and gyms across the capital because it’s shockingly easy to save a life in London.

  • Causes of cardiac arrest

    Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, and can be a result of heart attack, choking or trauma.

  • Learn to save lives

    If you learn basic life-support skills and how to recognise a cardiac arrest, you could help to save someone’s life.

  • How to use a defibrillator

    We have made an online video to teach people how to save lives with a defibrillator

  • Cardiac arrest treatment

    When our staff arrive at a patient who has had a cardiac arrest, they will usually try to restart their heart using a defibrillator. This machine delivers an electric shock to the heart which greatly increases the chances of it beating again.

  • Real life: Ian's story

    Ian Brown, 50, from Sidcup, was at work on a construction site in Deptford in May when he suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing.

  • Real life: Erica's story

    Erica Payet, 25, was jogging along Bermondsey Street on a Sunday afternoon in March when she suffered a cardiac arrest outside the Garrison pub.

  • Real life: Keith's story

    Keith Grey, 41, was working out in his gym when he suffered a cardiac arrest in October last year. Luckily for him, the staff at the Central YMCA Club, Bloomsbury, had been trained by us in basic life support and how to use a defibrillator.

  • Real life: James' story

    James Fuller, 28, was in a meeting at work in Canary Wharf one Monday when he collapsed. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. An ambulance was called immediately, along with the trained first aid rep in the office.

  • Real life: Steve's story

    We have trained more than 5,500 people to use the defibrillators so they can start life-saving procedures while our staff are on their way. Steve Hodder’s life was saved in this way when he suffered a cardiac arrest at London Bridge train station.

  • Real life: Mary's story

    Twenty-eight-year-old Mary Cook was walking along Tooley Street, London Bridge, one evening when she collapsed and stopped breathing. British Transport Police Constable Noel Harmsworth was passing by and immediately started chest compressions.

  • Real life: Lee's story

    Lee was at home jamming with friends last July when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The quick actions of his friends and our staff helped save his life.