Greg Page, the Yellow Wiggle, opens up about having a heart attack on stage

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Yellow Wiggle Greg Page has marked three years since he was suddenly caught on stage in a new TikTok video celebrating his birthday.

In 2020, Page, one of the original members of The Wigglesperforming at a reunion show at Sydney’s Hill Hill RSL in aid of bushfire relief when he suffered a health crisis.

“There were no symptoms, no risk factors,” he previously told 9Honey. “I dropped dead and I was lucky that people there were brave enough to do CPR and save my life and there was an AED nearby.”

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Greg Page is celebrating three years since his sudden arrest on stage. (Instagram)

His birthday message today reflected this idea and expanded on this message, explaining the importance of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

“The only reason I’m alive today is because I had a strong streak of survival,” he said.

“That included people being able to recognize that I had stopped breathing, they were able to start CPR, they had access to an AED and paramedics were quickly on their way to where I was

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“There were no symptoms, no risk factors,” he previously told 9Honey. “I dropped dead and I was lucky that people there were brave enough to do CPR and save my life and there was an AED nearby.” (Instagram)

He noted that it was two shocks from an AED that made his heart start beating again but he recognized that not everyone was so lucky.

“Not everyone who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest is lucky enough to survive. In fact 90 percent of people don’t survive,” he said.

“There are many reasons why people don’t survive, and one of the main reasons is that there isn’t an AED nearby when they collapse, or people can’t find one or people are afraid to try it.”

Page pointed out that there is no guarantee that using an AED will ensure the survival of a patient suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, but trying to revive a patient is better than no attempt.

“In most cases of sudden cardiac arrest if you get an AED on a patient within the first three to five minutes, they have a much greater chance of survival,” he explained.

“Some reports show that the survival rate is as high as 62 to 75 percent when patients are shocked with an AED obtained from the community before arriving by ambulance.”

“There are many reasons why people don’t survive, and one of the main reasons is that there isn’t an AED nearby when they collapse, or people can’t find one or people are afraid to try it.”

Page also noted that using an AED on a patient before an ambulance arrived reduced the risk of that patient suffering from neurological problems such as brain damage.

“The longer someone has to perform CPR on that patient without their heart beating on their own the greater the chance of brain and organ damage, so even when the patient survives they may need more care or may be of lower quality. in life,” he said.

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“The longer someone has to perform CPR on that patient without their heart beating on their own the greater the chance of brain and organ damage.” (Instagram)

“Asking someone in sudden cardiac arrest with CPR is like asking a mechanic to fix your car without tools.”

The former Wiggle said everyone has a part to play in heart disease awareness and prevention.

“I urge all Australians to consider what they can do to increase survival rates,” he said.

“Learn about CPR and AEDs, take a first aid or CPR course, look for AEDs in your community so you know where they are, make sure you know where the AED is in your workplace, make sure that everyone knows where it is.

“You don’t have to be trained in CPR or first aid to try to save someone’s life with CPR or an AED, you just have to try.

“And since up to 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home, consider getting an AED for your home or a general one for your neighborhood. “

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“You don’t have to be trained in CPR or first aid to try to save someone’s life with CPR or an AED, you just have to try.” (Instagram)

Page said he did not think the government was doing enough to support the community.

“Politicians, I have not forgotten you,” he said.

“Yes, I know you spend money on prevention, heart health education and awareness is needed, but it doesn’t catch everyone who is at risk of a sudden heart attack.”

Page said that not all sudden cardiac arrests are caused by heart disease, and for the 50 percent of people who have a heart attack as a result of heart disease, they usually find out after the heart attack

“For whatever reason, education and prevention don’t work,” he said.

“Around 9,000 Australians every year are diagnosed with heart disease from a sudden cardiac arrest, and very few of those people survive, I’m one of the lucky ones.

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FILE - In this June 28, 2006 file photo, Australian children's entertainers The Wiggles, Murray Cook (Red Wiggle), Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle), Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle), and Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle) special appearance at the Australian High Commission in London at the start of the UK tour.  Page, one of the original members of the popular Australian children's band has been hospitalized after collapsing at a fire relief concert.  A leaf fell as he left a platform in New South Wales
“Around 9,000 Australians every year are diagnosed with heart disease from a sudden cardiac arrest, and only a fraction of those people survive, I’m one of the lucky ones.” (AP)

“It’s not good enough that the money you’re spending still means people don’t get tested and have to be resuscitated by the unprepared community.

“They need your help to be trained in CPR and have much greater access to AEDs.

“Our government can and must do more to ensure that our community has access to the skills and tools wherever they are.

“Where you live, where you work, where you play should not determine whether you live or die.”

Page founded his own charity, The Heart of the Country, after his near-death experience. His aim with the charity is to ensure that everyone has access to an AED as needed through “common ownership” to help share the cost.

Find out more by visiting the Heart of the Nation website.

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