In the event that you love watching medical dramas, then you are no stranger to characters having their heart beat stop and all of a sudden, shocked to bring back to life. This procedure is not limited to hospital settings because believe it or not, it could be done at home if you’ve automated external defibrillator or AED. This device is portable and lightweight which can be bought without providing any prescriptions. If you have a serious heart disease, then whether you like it or not, you are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
If the person has this specific heart rhythm problem, then AEDs can be used to resuscitate them. You better talk to your doctor if it is a wise move to get an AED device or not.
These devices are used in reviving someone from a sudden cardiac arrest which typically occurs with disruption in the electrical activity of the heart. This is responsible for why our heart is beating dangerously fast or irregularly. Because of the altered heart rhythm or arrhythmia, this makes our heart pump ineffectively.
Arrhythmia is stopping blood flow to the brain as well as other vital organs, typically leading to death if it isn’t treated within few minute window. And even if you do survive, you may suffer permanent damage to your organs and brain. Having said that, the sooner the rhythm of the heart is restored, the better.
In the event that you have ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and there’s a nearby AED, then just a simple bystander in public or better yet your family member can put the self-sticking pads directly to your chest. What the AED will do is analyze the heart’s rhythm and send electrical current; assuming that electric shock can fix the rhythm. If this is used within minutes, then the jolt can restore your heart back to normal rhythm and potentially, save your life.
CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation after a cardiac arrest is very effective in keeping the blood flowing to the heart and brain as well. However, only defibrillation can oftentimes restore the normal rhythm of the heart. Together, it will be able to increase the chances of survival. For those with higher risk of cardiac arrest, then having AED can give peace of mind and may just help in saving your life in times of emergency. You should consider investing in such device especially if you know that you, yourself is a high risk of suffering from a sudden cardiac attack; this way you can save yourself from unexpected death.