If someone you live with has a heart condition or is suffering from heart disease, you may want to invest in an automatic external defibrillator. Also called “AED” for short, this device is a portable machine that can shock the heart in order to restore it to a normal rhythm. It can check heart rhythms and stop sudden cardiac arrests.
More heart attacks happen at home than anywhere else. Nothing is more difficult especially when the event is witness by family members who may not be skilled or trained in handling medical emergencies.
Some people have an ability to handle chest compressions and artificial respiration, but when a person’s heart stops beating, the best remedy is being able to reach over to an automatic external defibrillator and revive the person’s heartbeat.
When it comes to sudden heart attacks, victims have about four minutes to be treated on the spot in order to avoid sudden death or disabilities. It should be noted that cardiac arrest is a type of cardiac arrhythmia which has serious consequences.
Many people who wind up with a full cardiac arrest have already been diagnosed with an arrhythmia. The cardiac arrhythmia is serious but most people can live rather normally when diagnosed for irregular heartbeats. In fact, doctors often prescribe blood thinner medications to help keep the irregular heartbeat under greater control.
Still, the unexpected can happen. Imagine having an AED at home and being able to access it in an emergency. These machines do not require any extensive training to operate. You can call for emergency help and, while waiting, perform a heart shock using the device. This can literally save the person’s life and his or her quality of life.
If you have someone in your family with such a condition consider buying an AED. There are many products available. For good recommendations you may wish to check the American Red Cross online. They provide brand names and features to make getting started with the purchase of a machine much easier.
The defibrillator or AED has a main unit which has a pair of electrodes. These are the pieces that would be placed on the victim’s chest following an episode. It depends on the machine itself as some machines require that they are placed on the bare chest or on the sides or torso of the individual.
Learning to operate a portable AED is as simple as reading the instructions that come with the unit. Home defibrillators are more common and you will not have much trouble finding the best unit for your budget and health concerns. Some are made with infants and children in mind, so you may want to look for models that have this option if this applies to your family situation.
These devices are more common in offices and workplaces now. There is a good reason for this. Each minute that is spent helping cardiac arrest victims with this technology is one that can save their lives.