What You Need to Know Before Purchasing an AED for Your Home

Can anyone buy an automated external defibrillator (AED)? If you or someone you love suffers from heart disease, you may be thinking about purchasing an AED for home use. In fact, we think it’s one of the top 5 Things You Need to Do After a Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest.

Navigating the healthcare system, changing life-long habits, caring for loved ones, and preparing for potential medical emergencies can be intimidating. And we’re sure you have plenty of questions. We’ll do our very best to answer them in this post. 

The biggest question you may be pondering is whether or not you should purchase an AED.

Should You Buy a Defibrillator for Your Home?

Let’s start with a few quick words on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Very briefly, SCA is the sudden loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness. SCA is typically caused by an electrical malfunction in your heart that stops the flow of blood to your body. It’s different than a heart attack; however, a heart attack can sometimes trigger the kinds of electrical disturbances that lead to SCA. 

A whopping 68.5% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home. However, if high-performance CPR and defibrillation occur within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a person’s chance of survival (Centers for Disease Control).  

If you or someone you love has already experienced cardiac arrest or has risk factors associated with SCA, you should consider purchasing an AED for home use.

What are the Risk Factors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

  • A family history of coronary artery disease
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Other factors that might increase your risk of sudden cardiac arrest include:

  • A previous episode of cardiac arrest or a family history of cardiac arrest
  • A previous heart attack
  • A personal or family history of other forms of heart disease, such as heart rhythm disorders, congenital heart defects, heart failure or cardiomyopathy
  • Age — the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest increases with age
  • Being male
  • Using illegal drugs, such as cocaine or amphetamines
  • Nutritional imbalance, such as low potassium or magnesium levels
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Chronic kidney disease

(Source: Mayo Clinic)

How to Purchase a Defibrillator for Home Use

Currently, the only AED approved by the FDA for home use is the Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator

The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED is the only defibrillator on the market that’s available without a physician’s prescription. Its intuitive and compact design (the device weighs just over three pounds) makes it perfect for use by both laypeople and experienced rescuers. 

The HeartStart Onsite features clear, audible, and natural voice prompts that guide the user through simple step-by-step instructions. The HeartStart Onsite makes it easier for lay rescuers to respond in a moment of crisis. In addition to voice instructions, the text and visual instructions provide another level of guidance. 

For more information about purchasing a new or recertified Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator for your home, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

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