More Danes surviving heart attacks

More people versed in first aid has made an impact

People who suffer heart attacks in public have an improved chance of surviving compared to just a few years ago, according to new figures from the national heart attack registry, Dansk Hjertestopregister.

The figures showed that in 2002, the chance of surviving a heart attack in public was just under 10 percent. In 2014, those chances had increased to 24 percent.

The improved survival rate is down to more Danes being trained in first aid, and thus more heart attack victims being given first aid before the ambulance arrives. And that plays a critical role.

“The figures speak for themselves,” Steen Hansen, a doctor at Aalborg University Hospital who was the researcher behind the report, told TV2 News.

“If helps that the Danes give life-saving first aid and use defibrillators. The quick help from people nearby can often prove to be the difference. And it’s incredible that we now see that a quarter are surviving heart attacks in the public sphere.”

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