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Automated External Defibrillators

Sudden cardiac arrest is a sudden loss of heart function. If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death.  An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart that can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume.  

Because AEDs are portable, it possible for non-medical people to respond to an emergency where defibrillation is required.. They can be made part of emergency response programs that also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). All of these activities are critical to improving survival from cardiac arrest.