World Restart a Heart Day takes place on the 16th October each year. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and to teach people the life-saving skill of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).


Restart a Heart Day 2021 will see some in-person events resume. For us, the day will still look different to the usual events that take place across the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardiac arrests have not stopped happening and according to the Resuscitation Council, approximately 200 people a day experience a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the UK.

Anyone that suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in the UK has less than a one in ten chance of survival.

It’s more important than ever for us to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and to share the vital life-saving steps to take during a cardiac emergency.


Importance of CPR

For every minute that treatment is delayed, a person in cardiac arrest loses 10% of their chance of survival.

Delivering treatment within 3-5 minutes of the cardiac arrest taking place increases survival chances from 6% to 74%. Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of cardiac arrests are fatal.

Just 46% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest casualty’s receive CPR from a bystander. Just 22% of people in the UK would feel confident enough to provide CPR on a stranger.

The reasons bystanders have given for not providing CPR include;

  • Skills not being up to date (28%)
  • CPR is too complicated (24%)
  • A lack of confidence (18%)

The aim of Restart a Heart Day is to ensure more people are confident in performing life-saving CPR to ultimately improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival statistics.


Restart a Heart Day - Previous Years

In previous years, the defibshop team have partnered with the North West Ambulance Service at intu Trafford Centre to mark Restart a Heart Day and share life-saving skills with members of the public.

In 2018, together with NWAS, we successfully trained 702 people in effective CPR and defibrillation after spending 12 hours at the Trafford Centre. In 2019, we replicated this and provided 827 people with skills to save a life.




Get Involved 

Effective CPR, performed on a ratio of 30 chest compressions to 2 rescue breaths and a life-saving shock to the heart from a defibrillator is the only definitive treatment for SCA.

There are many ways to get involved in Restart a Heart Day, exploring the #RestartAHeart hashtag on Social Media will keep you up to date with the events and resources shared across the world during the day.

We hope to be able to hold our usual events at the Trafford Centre in future years to come in partnership with NWAS to train even more people in CPR on Restart a Heart Day.

We will once again be sharing our skills online instead, so make sure you are following the Restart a Heart hashtag.

defibshop are committed to equipping everyone with the skills and knowledge to save a life. Speak to one of our Product Specialists on 0161 776 7422 or fill out our Contact Form.