Nurses teach CPR on top of Snowdon

Event raises awareness of sudden cardiac death.
Snowdon CPR

Two nurses took their life-saving skills to the top of the tallest mountain in Wales last week.

Emma Williams (left) and Julie Starling (centre), with Tomos Hughes from Achub Calon Y Dyffryn (right), and Ian Bowman, a cardiac arrest survivor who joined them at the event on Snowdon

British Heart Foundation arrhythmia nurses Julie Starling and Emma Williams led a walk and then taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the mountain to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death.

Ms Williams, who works at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor, said: ‘The walk was a great success, and we hopefully underlined the importance of CPR and defibrillators to more people.’

The pair were joined by cardiac patients from across the region, who took part in a life-saving CPR workshop and learned how to operate a defibrillator.

Stark statistics

About 8,000 people die in Wales each year from sudden cardiac arrest. Less than one in ten people in the UK survive after it, and in Wales survival rates are as low as 3%.

The two cardiac nurses have raised thousands of pounds for public access defibrillators in North Wales, and are keen to improve awareness that sudden cardiac death can affect anybody, at any time, anywhere.

The event was supported by cardiac charity SADS UK, community organisation Achub Calon Y Dyffryn, the British Heart Foundation and charity Welsh Hearts.

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