As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) could make the difference between life and death for a person with an underlying heart condition. The concerns for those with cardiac issues who are infected with coronavirus are very serious.
Elderly people with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to become infected with coronavirus and will develop more severe symptoms. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists older adults and people with heart disease as one of three high risk groups in this pandemic.
The CDC also determined that evidence of cardiac injury was noted in 59 percent of those who have died from coronavirus verses only 1 percent of survivors. Fast, abnormal heart rates were reported as symptoms experienced by almost half of the Wuhan, China patients being transferred to the intensive care units.
It makes a lot of sense to take any extra precautionary measures necessary as soon as possible. The American College of Cardiology issued a bulletin warning patients about the potential increased risk for cardiac patients and encourages them to take additional, reasonable precautions. Should a cardiac arrest occur, a life-saving precaution that is now available and accessible in your home or at your workplace is a portable AED Defibrillator.
AEDs are utilized to revive someone from sudden cardiac arrest, which occurs when there is a disruption in the electrical activity of the heart. This causes the heart to beat too quickly, or irregularly, requiring a shock to restore the heart’s rhythm.
In an emergency, Automated External Defibrillators give step-by-step instructions, explaining how to check for breathing and a pulse and how to position the included pads on the person’s chest. The defibrillator automatically measures the person’s heart rhythm and determines if a shock is necessary.
An AED is that extra layer of protection that buys the time that a person in cardiac distress needs before paramedics arrive. It’s the minutes that count, and the average 8 to 12 minutes it takes for emergency care to arrive may be too long, resulting in possible brain damage and even death.
AED USA provides Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), Accessories, First Aid/CPR/AED Certified Training and AED Compliance Management to individuals and organizations throughout North America. AED Packages are available that are specific to your needs and your situation. We also offer online training from our portal and management of your device and accessories.
Cardiac conditions and coronavirus are a dangerous combination. Let us help you to be prepared. We would love to discuss your needs and assist you in taking this important precautionary step, especially in this time of crisis. Please give us a call at 877-689-7041 right away so we can protect you or your loved one and save lives.
Please stay safe.