If you are watching medical dramas on TV, then you have certainly seen characters whose beating of their heart stopped and suddenly, shocked to bring back to life. In this procedure, it is not limited to a hospital setting because whether you believe it or not, this can also be done at home if you have an automated external defibrillator or AED. This device is light in weight and very portable which can be purchased without prescriptions. You’re at risk of sudden cardiac arrest if you have serious heart disease.
AEDs have the ability of resuscitating a person if they have specific type of heart rhythm problem. The only way that you can do to determine whether you need AED device or not is by talking to your doctor.
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 in charge for why the heart beats dangerously fast or irregularly. Our heart pump with least efficiency as a result of the altered heart rhythm or arrhythmia.
Arrhythmia is the stopping of blood flow to brain and to other vital organs in the body which can result to death if it is not addressed immediately. If you are able to survive, you will have permanent brain damage and to other organs too. Having said that, the sooner the rhythm of the heart is restored, the better.
If for instance that you’re having ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and there’s an AED nearby, a family member or just a bystander in public can simply attach the self-sticking pads to your chest. The AED will then read the rhythm of your heart and send electrical current if electric shock could correct its rhythm. If it is used within minutes, the jolt will be able to restore your heart back to its normal rhythm and potentially, save your life.
In an effort to maintain the flow of blood to the heart and brain, performing CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation after cardiac arrest would be smart. However, only defibrillation can oftentimes restore the normal rhythm of the heart. Together, the chances of survival can be further improved. 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.