Cardiac Defibrillators

Written by Norene Anderson
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With a quarter to a half million cardiac arrests occurring outside the hospital annually in the United States, the importance of cardiac defibrillators is at the top of the list for sudden cardiac death. Most of the heart attacks are because of coronary artery disease. Ventricular tachyarrhythmias without AMI (acute myocardial infarction) seem to be the cause of at least half of the cardiac arrests.

Unless the victim is resuscitated immediately, death is certain. Unfortunately, about 95 percent die on the spot before any help can be administered. Cardiac defibrillators are becoming more common in places of business, sports arenas, and shopping malls. This increases the chances of trained personnel being immediately on the scene to offer the greatest possibility of survival.

Find Support with Cardiac Defibrillators

If an individual with a history of cardiac arrest or the diagnosis of impending cardiac arrest due to the electrical configuration of the heart has a cardiac defibrillator implanted, the odds are that the individual may live for many years. The implant is programmed with the minimum and maximum heart rates, along with the ability to detect abnormal rhythms and immediately interject the appropriate jolt to cause the heart to return to a normal rhythm.

It takes some longer than others to adjust to the sensation given by the implanted cardiac defibrillator. Many learn to take comfort knowing that without the implant and the jolt, death could have been imminent. Thousands of people enjoy every day to the fullest, thanks to the advancement in technology offering a simple procedure to eliminate a serious, life-threatening condition. A heart attack or abnormality does not need to strip away all the pleasure in life.


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