What You Should Know Before Buying An Automated External Defibrillator

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Automated External Defibrillator
Automated External Defibrillator

IF you have a heart condition, it is important to know that there is a treatment immediately available in case you have a medical issue. An automated external defibrillator or AED is a device that will deliver an electric shock to the heart. If you suffer an irregular heartbeat, this shock can stop it and help  your heart resume a normal rhythm. If you suffer a suffer cardiac arrest, you abruptly lose heart function and if you do not get treatment within minutes, it can lead to your death.

The defibrillators offered by Texas AED are portable and can help identify a life-threatening ventricular tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmias. The device treats these medical emergencies with defibrillation which uses an electrical shock to stop the arrhythmia and bring the heart back into normal rhythm. The AED can be used by almost anyone and most have simple, easy-to-understand visual directions and commands. Most first aid, CPR and first responder classes teach students how to use the AED.

The AED is used when a person suffers a life-threatening cardiac emergency. These are usually arrhythmias including ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. When either of these conditions occurs, the heart is still active electrically, but the pattern is disrupted and not allowing the heart to circulate and pump the blood. When the heart is in ventricular tachycardia, it is beating too fast and cannot effectively pump blood.

When you suffer from ventricular fibrillation, the heart’s electrical activity is chaotic and the ventricle cannot effectively pump the blood. If this condition is not treated, it can eventually result in death.

An automated external defibrillator allows these conditions to be treated immediately. If left untreated or uncorrected, these types of cardiac conditions can lead to irreversible brain damage or even death. If either of these medical emergencies is left untreated for more than three minutes, these conditions will lead to severe cardiac arrest if not treated. AED treatment increases the chances of survival the earlier the treatment occurs.

An AED allows others to help a cardiac victim in the case of an emergency. Since these devices are portable, they are easily used by non-medical people and are an important part of an emergency response plan. The device works by an internal computer which automatically checks the victim’s heart rhythm using electrodes which are attached to the body. The computer within the AED evaluates the data and determines if defibrillation is necessary. If it is, the device will tell the operator to start the shock. This shock temporarily stuns the heart which allows it to resume a normal rhythm.

Texas AED provides machines which are safe and easy to use. There is training available, but even if someone is not trained, they can simply follow the directions and visual cues to successfully operate the AED. These devices are very accurate, able to determine the need for defibrillation almost 90 percent of the time. They also determine when not to defibrillate 95 percent of the time.

When you want to install an AED, give Texas AED a call. Their experts will help you choose the right device for your situation.