Defibrillator News

A defibrillator is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart in order to stop a heart attack or a dangerous arrhythmia. Portable defibrillators have become more commonplace in recent years, and the ones available for public use are known as automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.A defibrillator is the only tool that can restore a normal heart rhythm during a heart attack, and most of them are simple enough for almost anyone to use effectively. The device monitors the rhythm of the heart and delivers an electric shock if necessary to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. The American Red Cross estimates that for every minute that goes by without using a defibrillator, the chances of a person’s survival decrease by 10 percent.

Organization Positions on Defibrillators

Because defibrillators have proven so effective at saving lives, a number of prominent health organizations have made strong statements in recent years about their use. The Red Cross, for example, supports the notion that a combination of CPR and defibrillation is the best emergency method for treating a heart attack. Further, its goal is for defibrillators to be so available publicly that everyone is within four minutes of an AED and an individual who's trained to use it.

The American Heart Association adds that all emergency personnel should be trained to use a defibrillator and that all ambulances and other emergency vehicles should be equipped with them. The Heart Association also recommends that areas with large gatherings of people should always be equipped with defibrillators, including sports stadiums, office buildings, factories, airports and the like. Many companies also have designated emergency responders who are trained to use the machines in the event of an emergency caused by cardiac arrest or a dangerous arrhythmia.

SOURCES: American Red Cross; American Heart Association

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11/14/2017
9/19/2017
This Mistake Can Cost Athletes' Lives in Cardiac Arrest

Bystanders often get distracted by a non-life-threatening issue, research shows

8/30/2017
Bystander CPR Less Likely in Black Neighborhoods

People living in these areas may have less education about cardiac arrest and CPR, researchers say

8/9/2017
Racial Gap Narrows for Survival of Hospitalized Cardiac Arrest Patients

Difference stems from resuscitation, researchers report

7/6/2017
Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest

Researchers chock it up to better meds, as patients live longer and better

6/26/2017
Workers Unprepared for Heart Emergencies on the Job: Survey

Most employees are untrained in first aid and CPR and don't know where to find lifesaving equipment

6/13/2017
Cardiac Arrest? Someday, Drones May Come to Your Rescue

Like something from a science fiction movie, the machines can fly in carrying life-saving equipment

6/5/2017
Implantable Defibrillator May Not Mean End to Sports

Risks for athletes might be lower than once believed, study says

5/4/2017
Bystander CPR Not Only Saves Lives, It Lessens Disability: Study

Good Samaritans can help prevent brain damage, nursing home care for cardiac arrest victims

3/27/2017
Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Easy-to-use portable devices can prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, researchers say

3/20/2017
ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

Having the devices easily accessible might save the lives of more cardiac arrest victims

2/15/2017
Shocks From Implanted Defibrillators Trigger Health Costs of Their Own

Even when the shock was inappropriate, many people still got invasive medical procedures afterwards, study finds

1/18/2017
Implanted Defibrillators Benefit Seniors: Study

Nearly 80 percent of patients were alive 2 years after getting device that restores normal heart rhythm

5/2/2016
Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications

But benefits of these lifesaving devices outweigh risks, expert says

4/7/2016
3/28/2016
Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients

But more research is needed, American Heart Association says

3/23/2016
Statewide Training on Cardiac Arrest Saves Lives in N. Carolina

Quick action by family members, general public improved survival and recovery, study says

1/18/2016
High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Above the 16th floor, odds of staying alive after heart stops are slim, study finds

1/12/2016
Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study

For heart failure patients with the devices, death risk over 3-year period was 20 percent lower

11/9/2015
Lifesaving Defibrillators Often Behind Locked Doors, Study Finds

Devices that shock heart rhythm back to normal were not available 25 percent of time in emergencies

9/22/2015
Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

After surviving cardiac arrest, only one in four let doctors know their wishes, study finds

7/29/2015
Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study

Findings underscore need to repeatedly check up on patients who get these devices, researcher says

3/16/2015
Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study

People with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are benefiting from defibrillators, other advances

3/10/2015
Good Heart Health May Help Stave Off Dementia, Study Says

Poorer cardiac function linked to doubled odds for mental decline

2/10/2015
Effectiveness of Implanted Defibrillators May Depend on Patient's Age

They extended survival in those at high risk for sudden cardiac death, but those over 70 saw less benefit, study found

1/28/2015
72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

Agency vows action to boost the effectiveness of the life-saving devices

6/3/2014
Implanted Defibrillators May Help Patients With Moderate Heart Failure

Devices could extend life and bolster guidelines for their use, researchers say

5/9/2014
Men Who Have Insurance Most Likely to Get Implanted Defibrillators: Study

Results show importance of adhering to guidelines, researcher says

5/9/2014
Solar Flares Might Actually Help Some Heart Patients

Patients with implanted cardiac devices had smoother rhythms when sun 'storms' erupted, study found

2/27/2014
Study Questions FDA Warning Against CT Scans for Those With Heart Devices

It found no harm to patients with devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, but agency still concerned

2/21/2014
Could You Work the Device That Restarts Hearts?

U.S. health officials recommend learning to use publicly placed defibrillators

1/21/2014
Implanted Devices Might Someday Run on Energy From Nearby Organs

Animal study finds way to harness power from internal motions

12/4/2013
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

10/1/2013
Better-Educated Public May Bring More Lifesaving CPR, Study Shows

In Denmark, survival after cardiac arrest rose as more bystanders received training

9/20/2013
FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

Goal is to improve patient safety, identify items for recall and prevent counterfeiting

8/26/2013
New Defibrillator Works Without Wires Touching Heart

Device is more durable, making it an alternative for younger patients, researchers say

8/7/2013
Fitness Club Best Place for Cardiac Arrest Survival: Study

Availability of automated external defibrillator may be key.

6/17/2013
Health, Not Age, Affects Benefits of Implanted Heart Device: Study

Issue is important to growing number of elderly living with heart disease, researcher says

6/7/2013
Heart Device 'Shock' Anxiety May Hamper Sex Life

Study found more sexual dysfunction among men, women with implanted defibrillators

5/30/2013
Advanced Heart Failure Still Kills 1 in 3 Within Three Years: Study

But treatment advances have reduced overall deaths over past two decades

5/20/2013
Sports May Be OK With Defibrillator, Study Says

But each patient must make decision with doctor's input

5/14/2013
Costlier Heart Device May Not Be Worth It, Study Suggests

Dual-chamber implanted defibrillators had more complications than single-chamber models

5/9/2013
iPads Could Affect Implanted Heart Devices, Early Study Finds

Young researcher suggests that users avoid placing tablets too close to the chest

5/7/2013
Programming Implanted Defibrillators to React More Slowly Might Be Safer: Study

Unnecessary shocks from the heart devices are often distressing, come with their own risks, experts say

3/22/2013
FDA Proposes Tighter Regulation of Public Defibrillators

Agency isn't recalling the cardiac-arrest devices, but wants to require pre-market approval

3/22/2013
Steady Rise in Heart Valve Infections Noted in U.S.

Many develop in health care facilities, researcher says

3/7/2013
Defibrillator Patients Who Lose Weight May Fare Worse

With CRT-D implant, study linked even slight weight loss to higher risk of heart failure, death

2/18/2013
Patients Often Ill-Informed on Impact of Heart Device

Doctors focus on technical side of implantable defibrillator, not its effect on quality of life: study

1/29/2013
Implanted Defibrillator Patients Prefer Device Off if Very Ill: Survey

Heart experts consider point when benefit of shocks no longer outweighs disturbance

1/4/2013
Implanted Heart Devices Have Real-World Benefits: Study

These defibrillators perform well outside of the research environment, investigators say