Many people see defibrillators in movies or TV series as this mystical device that manages to wake people up from near to death situations. This has lead to a lot of misconceptions about what a defibrillator actually does. In this blog, we will cover the purpose of a Defibrillator as well as what it is and how it works.
What is a Defibrillator?
How does a Defibrillator work?
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. A normal heart rate should be regular and between 60 and 100 beats a minute when you’re resting. You can measure your heart rate by checking your pulse on your wrist or neck. Certain situations can trigger an episode of atrial fibrillation, including; drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, particularly binge drinking. being overweight (read about how to lose weight) drinking lots of caffeine, such as tea, coffee or energy drinks.
Sometimes your heart can go into a spasm and fibrillate causing the heart to stop circulating blood around your body correctly. This is what most people know as a heart attack. In order to stop this attack from happening the heart needs to be reset, a defibrillator uses an electric pulse to temporarily stop the heart. Stopping the heart may sound like a thing that you should never do if you want to but in this case, it could save someone’s life. Stopping the heart causes the heart to stop beating irregularly and gives it chance to reset and return to a normal pace.
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