Delivering Your Own Electric Shock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/04

Delivering Your Own Electric Shock

You've see it on the movies or on a show like ER, a device that delivers an electric shock to people who have gone into cardiac arrest. Now, you can own one of those life-savers in your own home.

The FDA has given the green light for over the counter sales of a defibrillator for home use. It's called the Heartstart Home Defibrillator, and it comes with a training video. However, buyers are encouraged to also get CPR training.

The American Heart Association estimates that 70% of cardiac arrests occur in the home. If you're interested in purchasing Heartstart, it costs about $2,000. It's manufactured by Phillips Medical Systems. The FDA says it can be used on the elderly as well, even 80-years-old and older.

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