The Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Arrhythmia Consultants and Research Institute, Dr. Felix Sogade, says forty percent of cardiac arrests are suffered while sleeping.
Sogade stated this in Lagos at a symposium organised by Healings Stripes Hospital Foundation.
The medical doctor, who decried the general lack of knowledge of how to rush to the aid of a victim of cardiac arrest, said a 10-minute window for First Aid was key to sufferer’s survival.
Sogade said, “Because within 10 minutes if resuscitated assistance does not come, the chance of surviving is zero. So there is need for people around the victim to act quickly and be able to take steps to restore the heart back to regular rhythms.
“Forty per cent of cardiac arrests occur while victims are sleeping which may make it difficult for quick intervention, but for the cases that happen during physical activities or working hours, they have a chance of surviving when aid comes at an appropriate time.”