Automatic Defibrillator

Many modern conveniences have made life simpler and much less hazardous than they were without them. Smoke detectors are that type modern convenience as are carbon monoxide monitors.

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors are so effective at keeping us safer and healthier that they've become required equipment for homes and public buildings in almost every community in the United States. We all benefit from them.

One modern convenience that is gaining in popularity is the automatic defibrillator although, fortunately, not everyone needs one. These modern marvels make life simpler and safer for patients with heart disease who are at constant risk of having cardiac events that throw their heartbeats dangerously off kilter.

In many cases, today's heart patient can get his or her cardiologist or primary care physician to write a prescription for an automatic defibrillator that can be kept at home, handy at all times of the day or night in case distressing symptoms develop. Many medical insurance plans cover part or all of the expense of these devices, too, so access is relatively easy for many.

Every automatic defibrillator comes with instructions and training videos that make using them with confidence a feat that can be mastered by every member of the household. No medical degree or formal training is required. These automated devices are so well designed that they cannot be used improperly or carelessly.

Heart patients at highest risk of adverse cardiac event need not stay home where their automatic defibrillator is, either. These devices are small and easily transported. Some of them are no bigger than a large purse.

While every heart patient at risk of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia is sure to find comfort in having a personal automatic defibrillator at hand, there are many more people who have no reason to suspect the health of their hearts is in jeopardy. Many people never know their health is at risk until a sudden cardiac event occurs.

Fortunately, the value of having an automatic defibrillator at hand is confirmed every day and, as a result, they are becoming common devices installed at public places, especially public places where many people come together for stressful reasons. Automatic defibrillator units are being installed in public places more and more often as the need for them grows.

Look for an automatic defibrillator unit near the entrance to such public places as sporting arenas and stadiums, casinos, and racetracks, all places where stress can get the best of a person. Find them in shopping malls, restaurants, and movie and stage theaters. Major airlines have at least one automatic defibrillator on every plane and many railway stations have them installed, too.

Heart disease affects people most often during middle age and in the senior years but young people are not exempt. Many a young athlete has succumbed to heart disease that went undetected until it claimed the child's life. As a result, automatic defibrillators are becoming common equipment at schools, colleges, and universities across the nation and their presence is not limited to the athletic field.

Time is of the essence when a heart starts beating erratically. Fortunately, the automatic defibrillator is becoming as commonplace as the smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor – quickly accessible and easy to use.