Vivagym gyms cardioprotected against sudden death

Defibrillators in sports facilities

They save the life of an athlete in the Gymnasium of Vivagym Fuenlabrada

Ana was working in the gym when she was told that a client was unconscious and not breathing. His quick action and his knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation allowed Julio to survive this cardiac event, called sudden death.

"If it was not for his decision and knowledge, right now he would be dead," says Julio: the athlete who suffered the heart attack when he was training in the gym of VivaGym Fuenlabrada.

At 20:00 in the afternoon, Julio's heart began to fibrillate and he suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest that left him unconscious on the gym floor. Ana, who is an exemplary worker aware of cardioprotection, was notified and quickly went to where Julio was.  



Ana tells us: ”I placed Julio on his back, CPR began and we went for the defibrillator. Within two minutes the defibrillator was installed and he recommended the first shock. The first shock occurred and CPR was continued for a total of 3 shocks, which was when the Mobile ICU arrived and we were able to get Julio out alive. "

Julio tells us: “That day I came normally, to train, I did a quarter of an hour on the treadmill and when I switched to the elliptical I remember taking two strides, putting on my headphones to listen to television…. And from then on I don't remember any more ... "

The cardiologist in the case warns Julio that if he had spent 3 or 4 more minutes without breathing, Julio's heart would have stopped completely. What would have killed him. That is why fighting sudden death in gyms is paramount for both clients and workers.



VIvagym Fuenlabrada a cardio-safe gym against sudden death

Gyms are spaces where great physical efforts are made, being places prone to suffering an episode of sudden death, in Spain around five million people are gym members. That is why it is so important that sports facilities have semi-automatic external defibrillators and personnel trained in basic life support (BLS) and AED.

Playing sports is healthy, however, over exertion can lead to sudden death if the victim presents any cardiomyopathy such as:

  1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy such as acute myocardial infarction that reduces blood supply to the coronary arteries and therefore to the heart muscle.
  2. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) its main characteristic is the presence of abnormal thickening of the heart muscle. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 500 individuals suffer from this disease.
  3. Cardiomyopathy or Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD) is a disease of the heart muscle of genetic origin, in which the myocardium is replaced by fibro-fatty tissue. ARVC is one of the most common causes of sudden death (SD) especially in male athletes (≤35 years).
  4. Ionic channelopathies including long QT and short QT syndromes, Brugada syndrome, and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. Channelopathies with genetic diseases of the ion channels of the heart, which alter the normal functioning of electricity and put the patient at risk of arrhythmias and sudden death.

The great physical efforts directly affect our heart, giving the possibility of being able to suffer a cardiorespiratory arrest. These diseases can lead to sudden death. As we have seen recently with footballer Christian Eriksen.


VivaGym Fuenlabrada is a gym sensitized with cardioprotection and the fight against sudden death. Its sports facilities have the corresponding sanitary measures to make the gym a cardioprotected place.

The VivaGym Fuenlabrada gym places its trust for the cardioprotection of athletes and coaches to Proyecto Salvavidas. We are the leading cardioprotection company for Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Colombia. We have been in the sector for more than 12 years with more than 17.000 defibrillators installed.

Salvavidas Project has managed to turn thousands of spaces throughout Spain into safer places thanks to the defibrillator installation semi-automatic, training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation y maintenance of defibrillators.



Thanks to our work, people like Ana know how to act in situations where a defibrillator is needed. His knowledge and skills acquired on cardioprotection in gyms have been able to save Julio's life.


Signed. Carlos Sanjuán from Lifeguard Project

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