5 Reasons Why You Need an AED at Home

5 Reasons Why You Need an AED at Home

5 Reasons Why You Need an AED at Home

Do you need an  AED in your home?

Looking for 5 good reasons why you need a Philips HeartStart OnSite AED? You’re in the right place.

Reason #1: 7 in 10 Sudden Cardiac Arrests Happen at Home

The Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association report that about 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) occur outside of hospitals each year — and about 7 in 10 of those happen at home. 

Nearly 50% of the people who experience cardiac arrests at home don’t get the help they need — defibrillation and CPR —  to improve their survival odds before emergency responders arrive. However, if someone begins CPR and uses an AED within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, it can double or triple a person’s chance of survival (CDC). 

Reason #2: You’re At a Higher Risk for Cardiac Arrest or Heart Attack

The Mayo Clinic notes that it’s especially important for seniors and those who have heart disease or a family history of coronary artery disease to have access to an AED at home. Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Reason #3: You’ve Already Experience SCA or a Heart Attack

Unfortunately, lightning really can strike twice. If you’ve already suffered a heart attack or are the survivor of a previous SCA, then you’re at a higher risk for a repeat performance. Take charge: invest in an AED for your home and make sure your friends, loved ones, and neighbors know how to perform CPR and use your AED.

Reason #4: SCA is On the Rise During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A study conducted by doctors in Italy found that between February 21 and March 31, 2020, there was a 58% jump in the number of cardiac arrests that occurred before victims could get to the hospital, compared to the same time frame last year.

The stress placed on the heart by COVID-19, a reluctance by people to call 911 or visit their doctor during a pandemic, and an understandable hesitancy on the part of bystanders to perform CPR during this time may be boosting rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (WebMD).

If that’s not a strong reason for equipping your home with an AED, we don’t know what is!

Reason #5: Peace of Mind

An AED will recognize and help correct two types of cardiac arrhythmias – ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. Not a doctor? Don’t know which is which? That’s what your in-home AED is for. 

If your loved one’s heart stops, call 911 and grab the AED slap on pads and wait for it to tell you what to do. The Philips HeartStart OnSite also provides on-demand audio coaching. Calm, clear voice instructions that respond to the rescuers' actions, providing AED and CPR guidance during the resuscitation of a sudden cardiac arrest victim.

The HeartStart OnSite is the only AED on the market that does not require a physician's prescription and is approved for home use. Get yours today. For more information about purchasing an AED for your home, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the aed.com website and blog are intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.