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Sep 12, 2020
#18 | World Champion Ironman to Heart Hero with Guy Leech
Play • 1 hr 8 min

This episode was a massive eye opener for me!

On average 30,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Australia each year! This is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. This was the unfortunate experience that World Champion athlete Guy Leech experienced when one of his closest friends collapsed and was unable to be revived despite Guys and the paramedics best efforts.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills more Aussie's than anything else

That’s 600 people every week, this includes kids, teenagers & fit adults.

Right now if you experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest you have a 6% chance of surviving. Having a defibrillator used on you within 180 seconds, your chance of survival increases to 90%. Guy's mission is to get Heart180 Defibrillators EVERYWHERE! Sporting clubs, shopping centres, homes, service stations, cars. The more out there in the public the higher the chance of one being available when it's needed.

I was absolutely astounded by the statics surrounding SCA. What I really love about this episode was learning about the Heart180 device and how intuitive it is in helping people use the machine also. Guy explains in detail just how easy and useful these life saving machines are.

Further to championing the importance of having a defib available. Guy is advocating the importance of heart health and creating awareness of the necessity of getting regular check ups. Using is vast knowledge and experience in the health and fitness industry Guy is educating people on ways to care for their heart with the goal to reduce SCA deaths by 20,000 a year.


Known as Australia’s “#1 Fitness Guy”  Australian Ironman surf lifesaving champion Guy Leech has a slue of awards, championship titles, medals to numerous to count and the winner of channel 9’s Celebrity Survivor.

After retiring from professional sporting career he turned his attention on creating a raft of fitness related products and programs and worked with some of the country’s leading health organisations like Diabetes Australia and The Heart Research Institute of Australia.

In 2016 A shocking tragedy that made Guy rethink his entire life purpose and question everything that he was doing both personally and professionally.

From this experience Guy founded Heart180 which is a national based defibrillator company.

Heart180 provides a total solution for its customers – from the defib that will best fit your needs, free online CPR & Defib training course as well as professional counselling support for anyone associated with the use of a Heart180 device in the management of an event.

Guys mission now is to help people become Heart Smart by making sure that we have defibs available, and people are trained in how to use them confidently in the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The reality is we can get the defib on the patient in the first 180 Seconds, to give them their best chance of living.

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