Heart attack warning over shortage of defibrillators

A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.

Heart attack warning over shortage of defibrillator - pictured with a dummy Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Experts found that fewer than 2% of heart attack victims in one county in England were treated with the device before an ambulance arrived - a figure described as "disappointingly low".

The British Heart Foundation (BMF) estimates that 60,000 heart attacks occur out of hospital every year across the UK.

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Heart attack warning over shortage of defibrillators

A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.