HeartStart Defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more Americans each year than AIDS, breast and prostate cancers, hand guns, house fires, and traffic accidents combined. In many cases, the application of a defibrillator keeps the patient alive until emergency medical professionals arrive to provide more intensive care.

Cardiac defibrillation equipment was once available only in a hospital setting but modern medical technologies have made owning a personal defibrillator a possibility that brings peace of mind to many people, especially those at increased risk of cardiac arrest. The Phillips HeartStart Home Defibrillator is one such device that is both affordable and easy to use.

The Phillips HeartStart Defibrillator costs less than $1,000 and monthly payments are allowed to make owning one easier than ever. Each one comes with pads, a 4-year battery, training video, and carrying case. The 5-year warranty means replacement parts are available under most circumstances.

Many adult cardiac patients must get prescriptions from their cardiologists to get home heart defibrillator but the HeartStart Defibrillator is available without need of a prescription. The device comes with adult-sized pads but smaller pads, for infants and children, are available, too. These pediatric defibrillator pads do require a prescription before they're shipped.

The HeartStart Defibrillator training video demonstrates just how easy it is to use this life-saving device and, since a training video comes with each order, every member of the household can watch it as often as necessary to feel comfortable and confident should its use ever be needed.

If a family member is not breathing normally or it's impossible to wake them up, especially if this member of the family suffers from cardiovascular disease, a sudden cardiac arrest may be occurring. Before reaching for the HeartStart Defibrillator, call 911 first. This gets professional medical help on the way and, in a time such as this, speed matters. The sooner an emergency response team arrives, the better the chance the cardiac patient will recover successfully.

Once an emergency response team is on the way, it's time to use the HeartStart Defibrillator. Proper use requires just three easy steps – pull, place, and press.

First, pull the cartridge handle of the defibrillator. It's clearly marked in large letters. Pulling it will activate the HeartStart defibrillator's audio system, which will guide you through the rest of the process.

You'll be instructed to remove some of the patient's clothing so the pads can be placed on his or her bare chest. The HeartStart Defibrillator's voice prompt system will adjust instructions to the speed at which the user is working. Slower action on the user's part will generate more detailed instructions.

Once the pads are in place, the HeartStart Defibrillator automatically begins an analysis of the patient's heart rhythm. If an erratic, quivering, rhythm is detected, the voice prompt will direct you to press the flashing orange shock button. If no rhythm or a steady one is detected, there is no need to administer an electric shock and the device will not respond to pressing the shock button.

Some healthcare insurance providers cover all or part of the cost of the HeartStart Defibrillator. Be sure to check with your program's administrator before placing your order.