Aed Defibrillators

Written by Norene Anderson
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It only takes a split second for a heart attack to incite full cardiac arrest. Family history is the first area to consider when defining risk factors. If a family member died suddenly from a heart attack, it is important to take immediate measures for preventive care. Individuals as young as 20 to 30 with a genetic predisposition to heart problems should have a baseline ECG for diagnostic purposes.

One of the reasons that AED defibrillators are rising in popularity is the number of unsuspecting individuals suddenly going into cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrhythmias have been determined to be the cause in many of the sudden death cases. If a defibrillator had been available for the first few seconds following the arrest, it is possible the arrhythmia could have been stopped and the heart returned to a normal rhythm.

Symptoms Requiring AED Defibrillators

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. This could be too fast, too slow, too soon, or too irregular. If a heart rhythm is over 100 bpm (beats per minute), it is called tachycardia. Beats of less than 60 per minute constitute a slow arrhythmia known as bradycardia. An irregular rhythm is called either a ventricular fibrillation or an atrial fibrillation.

If a person experiences ventricular fibrillation, sudden cardiac death is imminent without some kind of intervention. The fibrillation is like a very rapid quiver. The heart is not actually beating but quivering as much as 350 times per minute. It is crucial to have a defibrillator to shock the heart back into rhythm if the patient is going to have a chance of survival.

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