An AED can save lives when someone is experiencing cardiac arrest. Recently, they have become more widely available in public areas where large groups congregate like offices, malls, schools, and churches. But do you need an AED in your home? Statistics show that 80% of cardiac arrest occurs at home, so having a home AED could mean the difference between life and death of your loved one.
What is an AED?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator and they are portable devices used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are able to detect heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock when needed to keep the heart’s normal rhythm and save lives.
When Is an AED Needed?
You may think that CPR training is the only thing needed to keep someone alive during a heart attack, but that isn’t necessarily true. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) helps keep blood flowing to the heart and brain, but only defibrillation can help restore the heart’s normal rhythm. Click To Tweet AEDs are needed when there is a disruption in the heart’s electrical activity which causes the heart to beat dangerously fast.
Does Your Home Need an AED?
Some people are at higher risk for cardiac arrest and an AED can offer not only peace of mind but save their life, too. Here are some considerations when deciding if you need an AED for your home.
- Your risk of cardiac arrest: If you have existing heart problems or a specific heart rhythm issue, your doctor might recommend a home AED.
- A loved one is at risk: If you live with someone who is at risk, an AED is a terrific way to ensure their safety.
- Overall health issues: If anyone in your household has ongoing medical issues, it might be a good idea to get a home AED. A terminal illness or someone with a weak heart could be saved with an AED.
Protecting Friends and Family with a Home AED
AEDs can save lives. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that if AEDs are in homes that need them, they can save thousands of lives a year. Since most sudden cardiac arrest occurs at home, it is a good idea to have an AED in your home.
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