If you are fond of medical TV dramas, then you have definitely seen several characters whose heart beat has stopped and 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 light in weight and very portable which can be purchased without prescriptions. If you have a serious heart disease, then whether you like it or not, you are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
AEDs are capable of resuscitating you only if you have specific kind 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 being used to revive someone from sudden cardiac arrest which occurs often with disruption in electrical activity of the heart. This is in charge for why the heart beats dangerously fast or irregularly. Due to this altered heart rhythm or arrhythmia, it makes the heart to pump ineffectively.
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. And even if you do survive, you may suffer permanent damage to your organs and brain. With this in mind, the sooner the rhythm of your heart is restored, the better.
If for example that you are having ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and there’s a nearby AED, a family member with you at home or a bystander in public place can simply attach the self-sticking pads right 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 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. But you must know that only a defibrillation can restore the heart’s normal rhythm. Together, it will be able to increase the chances of survival. As for those who have higher risk of cardiac arrest, having AED can give peace of mind and might just help to save your life especially in times of emergency. In the event that you are at risk of sudden cardiac death, then it will be highly advisable that you invest in such device.