An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a readily available life insurance policy that should be installed in any publicly accessible building. By having an AED on hand, a victim of heart troubles, who might have died waiting for an ambulance can be saved by a layperson using a defibrillator.
The heart is a muscle that works by electrical impulses controlling the rhythmic pumping of the chambers. When there is a problem, an inefficient fluttering, known as fibrillation, of the ventricular of the heart can result in oxygenated blood being sent to the brain. After 4 minutes without oxygen, the brain begins to die. The only way to remedy the beating of the heart is to reset it with a strong electric shock delivered by a defibrillator. Immediate action is needed in any case of fibrillation, and it might be too late when an ambulance arrives. Having an AED in the building does not guarantee that it will be used, but if it is needed to save a life, its cost will be more than worth the price. There can be no price high enough to place on saving a human life.
Sudden cardiac events can occur anywhere, and an AED is a means to allow even a layperson without medical training to save a life. AEDs, such as the Heartstart defibrillator, guide the user through the necessary steps to check for vital signs, apply the electrodes, and administer a shock if it is needed. The ease of use of the Heartstart defibrillator is similar to that of other brands. The best AED device will be the one that best fits into the budget and demographic of the place where it will be installed.