Recently, in Central Texas, Â the life of football player Matt Nader was saved with the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator: A device that can be used by anyone with a minimal amount of training to defibrillate someone whose heart has stopped).Â Matt collapsed on the sidelines during a football game.Â Quick action by his parents and a cardiologist in the stands who used an AED saved Matt’s life.Â Matt has now started a campaign to make sure that every Texas sports team has an AED on the sideline.
Each year, about 250,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest, which can result from heart attacks, underlying heart disease or accidents, among other causes. Most such deaths happen in the home, roughly 70 percent, and 95 percent of victims die even before reaching the hospital. Paramedics can shock victims’ hearts back to a normal beat with defibrillators, but they rarely arrive in time. For defibrillation to be effective, the shock must be delivered within the first few minutes of collapse. In fact, for every minute that goes by without defibrillation, a victimâ€™s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. And after 10 minutes, it is unlikely that the person will survive. Recent studies have shown easily accessible defibrillators will double survival.
When sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes, the electrical system of the heart short circuits, causing the heart to quiver rather than pump in a normal rhythm. It typically results in the abnormal heart rhythm know as ventricular fibrillation (VF). It usually happens without warning and the majority of people have no previously recognized symptoms of heart disease. And it most often happens at home. For the best chance of survival from SCA caused by VF, a defibrillator should be used within 5 minutes. Yet, less than 1 in 20 people survive largely because a defibrillator does not arrive in time.
AED’s are commonly found in public spaces like airports and schools.Â Now you can have this crucial lifesaving technology at home.Â The HeartStart Home Defibrillator is available without a prescription, which means that it is considered safe and easy to use by virtually anyone with the materials provided in the package.Â The Phillips HeartStart Home Defibrillator includes:
- The HeartStart Home Defibrillator
- Adult SMART Pads cartridge* (lasts 2 years)
- Battery (lasts 4 years)
- Training video
- Red carry case
- 5-year warranty
To use the Heart Start Home Defibrillator when you suspect someone is in cardiac arrest first call 911. Then you open the red case and pull on the green handle. At this point the defibrillator’s voice instructions guide your actions. The defibrillator senses when the SMART Pads have been applied to the skin. Then it automatically begins analyzing the victim’s heart rhythm and decides whether a shock is needed. In collaboration with the SMART Pads cartridge, the voice instructions are paced to correspond with the real-time actions of each unique user. For a demonstration of the Heart Start Defibrillator go to http://www.heartstarthome.com/animated_demo/animated_demo.asp.
The underlying defibrillation technology of the HeartStart Home Defibrillator is identical to the over 100,000 Philips defibrillators in use on airplanes and in airports, workplaces, and communities around the world. Using a highly accurate algorithm to determine whether a victim’s heart requires a shock, the HeartStart Home Defibrillator will only deliver a shock if it determines one is needed.
The HeartStart Home Defibrillator is designed to be easy to own and ready when called upon. As long as the battery is installed, the device automatically tests itself every day. If the self-test detects a problem, or if the SMART Pads cartridge or battery needs to be replaced, the green ready light turns off and the device loudly chirps. Pressing the blue i-button provides you with more specific information.
Â Go to www.heartstarthome.com for more information.