Friday, October 24, 2003

HeartStart Home Defibrillator.
When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, the electrical system of the heart short-circuits, causing an abnormal rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation. Shocking the heart—known as defibrillation—is the only way to effectively treat this abnormal heart rhythm. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can buy time for someone in cardiac arrest, but only a defibrillator can deliver a potentially life-saving shock.

The 10-minute survival window
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 victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. And after 10 minutes, it is unlikely that the person will survive.
via [ Maxim ]

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