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Physio Defibrillator Rentals in Durham, NC. Physio is a pioneer in the art and science of manufacturing of top-quality defibrillators for more than 60 years. Physio's defibrillators have been setting the standard for more than 50 years. Physician's Resource carries new and professionally refurbished Siemens Equipment in Durham, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, High Point, Pinehurst, Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and throughout all of North Carolina. To learn more please call 800-866-6689.
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time, in any place and to anyone, no matter how young or old, and no matter how good their health. Being able to treat someone experiencing SCA within the first five to ten minutes of the attack is vital to saving his or her life. Left untreated, the victim will die. Administering AED treatment within the first five minutes can determine whether or not the victim will return to a normal life or if neurological (brain) damage will occur. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not always enough; being able to defibrillate the heart is the only effective way to treat SCA.
Having an automated external defibrillator in your home is a good idea, too, especially if you have risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest. SCA is usually unpredictable, but there are some factors that may place you at more risk. These include;
- History of heart disease or heart rhythm disorders
- Previous heart attack(s)
- Family history of SCA
- Personal history of SCA
- Congestive heart failure
- Low ejection fraction, a measure of the heart’s ability to pump blood
Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a device called a defibrillator. This depolarizes a critical mass of the heart muscle, terminates the dysrhythmia, and allows normal sinus rhythm to be reestablished by the body's natural pacemaker, in the sinoatrial node of the heart. Defibrillators can be external, transvenous, or implanted, depending on the type of device used or needed. Some external units, known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), automate the diagnosis of treatable rhythms, meaning that lay responders or bystanders are able to use them successfully with little, or in some cases no training at all.
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