Muamba will urge fans to check their pulses

FORMER Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba will be encouraging people to check their pulses today.

The 24-year-old, pictured, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in March, will be promoting the Heart and Goals Pulse Check at the Reebok Stadium.

The retired midfielder will encourage fans to learn how to check their pulse at the Championship fixture with Ipswich.

He will be accompanied by North West Ambulance Service and the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest.

They will carry out pulse check sessions outside Bolton Central, before moving on to the Lion of Vienna Suite, Hall of Fame and Platinum Suite.

Trudie Lobban, from Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “Simple pulse checks can save lives. Everyone should check their pulse frequently to ensure that it is regular, not too fast and not too slow.

“Anyone concerned that their pulse is not normal should immediately arrange to see their GP.”

The campaign, which was launched in October, also wants all communities to have public-access defibrillators and people trained in life-saving skills.

Ian Laithwaite, head of BWCT, said: “We hope to leave a positive legacy from what happened to Fabrice, in a sense that we can raise awareness and educate people on the need for them to monitor themselves in regard to their own pulse.

“We are now developing a project that will see us going into schools educating teachers and pupils about how to both check their own pulse, but also how to do emergency lifesaving skills in the case of a cardiac arrest.”

To donate to the campaign, visit justgiving.com/hearts andgoals-bwct

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