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This is not medical advice – if you want medical advice, please consult your own medical advisor.

Nor is it a guarantee that if you do all the following you won’t end up on the business side of a defib.

Nor can you assume this is the best advice, so read it at your own risk.

The defibrillator is not like the wet sponge/freezing spray beloved of sports physios that gives instant cure. Its effect is not always as miraculous and experiencing it is better avoided.

A. Prevention is better than a cure

1.  Do you take enough exercise?

Recommended: Check out

2.  Are you obese?

Recommended: check out your body mass index (BMI) on:

Check out your abdominal girth on:

If at risk, get advice. Your GP will check you for type 2 diabetes.

3.  Have you had your blood pressure (BP) checked?

Recommended: Buy your own BP monitor – one made by a company recommended by the British Heart Foundation e.g. Kinetic.. Take readings over several days as advised by the package insert and record the readings. If high, go to see your GP. This is the best way of finding out if you have a BP problem as often BP can go up anyway at the doctor’s – “white coat effect”.

Otherwise, if you can’t afford your own, go to a supermarket/pharmacy where they offer blood pressure checks e.g. Boots or Lloyds in Sainsbury’s at Emersons Green.

Or, failing that, ask your GP practice to check it.

If persistently high, see your GP and have your BP treated.

4. Have you had your blood lipids checked?

Recommended: you can have these checked in Boot’s, Emerson’s Green or at your GP’s practice. Especially worthwhile if your BP is high or you have other cardio-vascular problems or there are other reasons why your lipids could be high. (Cont)

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