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Time to rethink your resolutions?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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Recent research from St John Ambulance shows that nearly two thirds of people in the area will have already broken their New Year’s resolutions, so the charity asking them to have a ‘resolution rethink’, by making a new one they can keep and that could help save a life.

By simply watching and sharing a six-second vine, people can learn to spot the signs of a heart attack, known as the ‘Four Ps’, pain (in the chest), pulse (rapid or weak), perspiration, and pale (or ashen skin).

Knowing the symptoms will help ensure more people can give the appropriate treatment, which is to sit the patient down with knees bent, call 999, and offer them 300mg of aspirin to chew.

Given that 92,000 people in the UK suffer heart attacks each year, and a third of those die as a result, this quick and easy resolution could make all the difference.

Chris Thornton, Regional Director of St John Ambulance in the East Midlands, said: ‘It’s not too late to make a new resolution and to try something which is attainable – and potentially life saving.”

To watch the short lifesaving clip, or find out more about the charity go to www.sja.org.uk/4ps

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