Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator (AED)

 
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Product Description

The Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator. It's the latest in essential safety equipment. Fire extinguishers. Seat belts. Airbags. Home security systems. All essential safety equipment to protect yourself and your loved ones. You know they are there, silently standing by, just in case. They give you peace of mind so that you can focus on life's good things.



Step 1: After calling 911, grab HeartStart and place it next to the victim. Pull the green handle to begin the automated voice instructions.


Step 2: Remove clothing from the patient's torso. Cut clothing if needed. It is important that the patient's chest is bare.


Step 3: Peel open the protective cover and take out the white adhesive pads.


Step 4: Look closely at the pictures on the white adhesive pads. Follow the voice instructions to remove the pads from the yellow plastic liner and place exactly as shown in the pictures on the victim's chest.


Step 5: Once the pads are in place, HeartStart will automatically analyze the victim's heart rhythm and determine if a shock is needed. If a shock is required, press the flashing orange button to deliver the shock. Do not touch the patient until you are instructed that it is safe to do so.


Step 6: If needed, begin CPR. Press the flashing blue button for step-by-step CPR coaching. Continue to follow HeartStart's instructions until professional emergency responders arrive.


The Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator: It's the latest in essential safety equipment. See the Heartstart video. You can also take a product tour.

Be prepared for the unexpected.
When sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes, the electrical system of the heart short circuits, causing the heart to quiver rather than pump in a normal rhythm. It typically results in the abnormal heart rhythm know as ventricular fibrillation (VF). It usually happens without warning and the majority of people have no previously recognized symptoms of heart disease. And it most often happens at home. For the best chance of survival from SCA caused by VF, a defibrillator should be used within 5 minutes. Yet, less than 1 in 20 people survive largely because a defibrillator does not arrive in time.

Just as seat belts or airbags do not save every life in a traffic accident, a defibrillator will not save every person who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. Yet many lives could be saved if more people could be reached more quickly.

HeartStart was designed with you in mind.
That's why we created the HeartStart Home Defibrillator. This award-winning safety equipment has been designed so that virtually anyone can use it to help save the life of a person who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.

Clear, calm voice instructions talk you through each step. HeartStart senses and adapts the instructions based on your actions. Using sophisticated technology, HeartStart quickly decides whether a shock is necessary. It is designed to only deliver a shock if needed. It will even coach you through the steps of CPR.

Like other essential safety equipment, you buy HeartStart hoping that you never have to use it. Yet in that moment you need it, HeartStart must be ready. It performs comprehensive daily self-tests. You can check its status at a glance. Virtually no maintenance is required.

Who should have a HeartStart?
Anyone who wants a safer home.

Consider the other essential safety equipment you own to protect your loved ones in case of an emergency. Fire extinguishers. Seat belts. Airbags. Now consider the likelihood of needing this equipment.

HeartStart Home Defibrillator Contents:

  • Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator
  • Red carry case with 911/EMS card
  • Adult SMART Pads cartridge* (lasts 2 years)
  • Battery (lasts 4 years)
  • Training video
  • Free discount coupons for CPR training at American Heart Association, American Red Cross or Medic First Aid
  • 5-year warranty

*The Infant/Child pads cartridge is sold separately, and available by prescription only. Contact Philips at 1-866-333-4246 for more information or to order.

A Support Program Enrollment Card is also included. By enrolling in this free program, you will have access to a range of services, including:

  • Important notifications about HeartStart
  • Customer service*
  • Periodic accessory reminders
  • Post-use counseling*
*These services are available to all HeartStart owners.
Philips will send you a free Fast Response Kit (over $40 value) for enrolling in the Support Program.

Consider these things before your purchase:

  • If you have questions or concerns about your health, or an existing medical condition, please talk with your doctor. A defibrillator does not take the place of seeking medical care.
  • You cannot use the HeartStart to treat yourself.
  • Users may need to perform CPR.
  • Responding to cardiac arrest may require you to kneel.
  • Voice instructions and enclosed materials are in English.
  • HeartStart provides audible and visible indicators when maintenance is required.

Indications for Use: HeartStart is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who are not responsive and not breathing normally. If in doubt, apply the pads. The HeartStart treats the most common cause of SCA by delivering a shock to the heart. Use HeartStart and CPR, as needed, until emergency professionals arrive.

If you have concerns about your health or an existing medical condition, please talk to your doctor. A defibrillator is not a replacement for seeking medical care.

Features:
  • This item can be shipped only within the contiguous United States. This item cannot be returned and has additional shipping restrictions. See shipping restrictions on this item.
  • The first and only defibrillator available over-the-counter that can be used by virtually anyone with the materials included
  • Easy to use with guided interactive voice instructions
  • Safely delivers a shock only if needed
  • Reliably runs daily self-tests for readiness

Customer Reviews:

  • Compact, Easy-to-Use Life-Saver
    The Philips AED is a compact, easy-to-carry unit that demands little of the user. I bought one for home use, and donated another to Planes of Fame air museum, where I work as a volunteer. The device prompts every step, has pictographs showing proper placement or technique, and performs its own diagnostics automatically. It is a simple, effective piece of equipment that can save lives....more info
  • Good Idea
    I know from personal experience if your gut is telling you to get one and you don't do it...I won't go into all the emotional part of my story ... But about 8 years ago, I thought about getting one of these but never did. Later in June of that year my father who was staying with me had heart failure. I knew CPR and started it right away, so when EMS got here about 12 minutes later they were able to use their defibrillator right away... without success. Had I had this defibrillator then, would it have saved my fathers life? I don't know for sure, but I sure wish I had had it then!!!!!!! So I'll just say IF you hear that inner voice telling you to get one...seriously consider it! If you do get one show everyone in the family how to use it, do a periodic refresher with your family, and keep it in a place where everyone knows where it is. Now I have one, to late for my dad, but there are others I need to look out for as well. I also would like to suggest that you contact your local hospital and take CPR and Heimlich courses and whatever else they offer! It's also a good idea to have a large emergency first aid kit, one that you may need to make up yourself...ask your doctor or nurse what to include...I have a couple large bottles of hydrogen peroxide, Iodine, eye wash, items for burns, etc. plus the normal items... rolls of bandage, tape, scissors, etc.. Try to cover all the common emergencies you can think of... just be sure to put it in a place a person can get to it quickly! If someone is bleeding heavily or has an eye injury, it's no time to have to try to locate the emergency kit!!! We keep ours in a 1st floor bathroom and we never put anything on top of it, so it can be found with our eyes closed, we also keep one in each vehicle. Back to this defibrillator, I have a nurse friend who told me it looked just like the one they have at the hospital. Also my family, who have no medical training, found the training DVD simple to understand. And this defibrillator will give you voice commands for the step by step procedure when activated. I have never had to use this on anyone, so I can not give you any report on my experience with this product in it's actual use. If you get one I hope you never have to use it, If you don't get one I sincerely hope you will never deeply regret that choice.

    A short video of this product in use http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7331981255773156184&q=Phillips+HeartStart+defibrillator&ei=sA6MSM_DLqOm4QLZyuGOCA&hl=en...more info
  • No panacea, but it does raise survival rate.
    I've deducted a star only for the still expensive price.

    As a volunteer EMT-B, I won't quibble with the general ineffectiveness of CPR by itself (without immediate defibrillation) cited by the one star reviewer. But this reviewer citing the New England Journal of Medicine HAT study (April 2008) with regard to this product is a little silly. If you're concerned about overall health policy or making a substantial dent in the enormous epidemic of sudden cardiac death in this country, putting AEDs only in the homes of those who had a myocardial infarction but subsequently been deemed healthy enough not to get an implantable defibrillator (essentially the study sample) would perhaps not give you the biggest bang for your (or your government's) buck. If, on the other hand, you or a loved one does not have an implanted defibrillator and you believe yourself or a loved one to be at risk for sudden cardiac death, because of family history and age, etc., surely it can be acknowledged that having a device like this on hand (yes, if you can personally afford it) would add to one's peace of mind. Here's the key fact in the HAT study, mentioned even in the NEJM editorial that accompanies the HAT study (which in some ways had a problematic sample): The AED was used in 29 unresponsive patients, a shock was advised and delivered in 14 patients, and "only" 4 of whom were long-term survivors. The simple math here is an almost 14% survival rate. That's well above the 1, 2, or even 5% survival rates reported without an AED. That's the families/loved ones/care providers of 29 sudden cardiac arrest victims who don't have to wonder if an AED would have made a difference (since clearly they do in a substantial percentage of cases). Think it was worth it to any of the 4 folks for whom this device defibrillated their heart rhythm? Think those at NBC and Tim Russert's family would have rather had an AED on hand on Friday at the studio rather than having to wait for DC EMS to arrive to attempt defibrillation? When something as shocking and tragic as a sudden cardiac arrest happens to you or someone you care about, you ideally want to know that you (or someone) have done everything that could have been done. While eventual death is a certainty for all of us, and we cannot be held accountable for what we do not know and for controlling all circumstances and we can't have an ambulance follow us around every minute of our lives, if you are unable to say that a defibrillation was attempted with a device capable of doing so within three minutes of collapse, you can't know everything was done that could have been done as an AED clearly raises survival rates substantially over CPR alone, even in such a small sample (and in many ways severely problematic sample) as provided by the HAT study in the NEJM. Other studies have shown a far greater impact of essentially the same device when it is installed in airports and other public places. AEDs are the first things to come along to actually help with survival rates in a response/rescue situation. Weigh the price point, certainly, but know that AEDs like this one have saved many lives that otherwise would not have been saved. If price weren't a factor, these should be in every home. Hopefully, some day they'll be as common and affordable as fire extinguishers....more info
  • I have personally used one!
    This is probably the only review of using this product on an actual patient. I'm an Advanced EMT, and work at a couple different places. One of them is a casino, and I provide basic life support first-response there. We purchased this defibrillator for the reviews, and the price. I got a call for a guy that wasn't feeling well, so I headed over. Right when I got there, he lurched up, and slumped over. I checked for a pulse, and found none, so I started CPR and hooked up this machine. It advised a shock... zapped him once, and got a pulse back. By the time the ambulance arrived he was conscious and alert.

    The machine was very easy to use, very straight forward. The spoken directions were very clear and calm. It helped a lot to have something so calm during such a chaotic time.

    Now for having one in your house: if you've got the money, go for it. I don't feel it's as essential as a fire extinguisher or seat belts, but it couldn't hurt. It'll provide a safe sound of mind. I doubt you'll ever use it, but it's still a nice thing to have....more info
  • Defibrillator's vastly overrated
    I've written reviews of this product twice, and twice Amazon has removed them. I'll try again. It is important that the facts about cardioresuscitation be known and not censored.

    The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reports what is well know among experts: that the effectiveness of defibrillators has long been overstated. The new NEJM study finds that people with home defibrillators are no more likely to survive sudden heart seizures than people without defibrillators. The Phillips HeartStart Home Defibrillator was the device used in the study. The study authors conclude that trying to put defibrillators into homes is "inefficient strategy in public health terms"

    A forthright article in the journal Clinical Cardiology (Vol. 23 (Suppl. II), II-6 II-16 (2000)), titled "Medical Futility," explains the strikingly limited value of CPR even in the most ideal circumstances. The best medical knowledge shows that defibrillators have very limited value in the best of circumstances, and no demonstrated value for consumers....more info
  • Phillips HeartStart Home Automated External Defibrillator (A
    Although AED's all perform the same, not everyone should buy one of these just "to have in case" without training. When a victim suffers cardiac arrest, it sometimes takes more than just delivering a shock to bring them back. One MUST be trained appropriately in CPR should the victim either not need to be shocked and/or to provide oxygen and circulation in between the stacked shocks. PLEASE contact either the AED Instructor Foundation (...), the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or other qualified organization to find a CPR instructor near you! As a Career Paramedic, CPR instructor and EMT instructor I know this first hand! AED's are WONDERFUL and I have seen them work, but ONLY with proper training!
    ...more info
  • I wish this was available 2 years ago
    August 4 2002 my father, a healthy 54 year old, had a sudden cardiac arrest without any warning or symptoms. It took an ambulance too long to reach him, and despite my mother performing CPR on him he was defibrillated too late and was dead before reaching the hospital.

    If something like this was available back then, I would have made sure my parents had it with them. As hard as it is to believe, I had premonitions and nightmares about something like this happening to my dad. Just a year before his death I tried to purchase one from Galls catalog, but they refused to fill the order until I had a physician's prescription, which I couldn't get because my dad was not in a "high risk category"

    Now that this is available over-the-counter, I think it would be great to have around. I will be purchasing one as soon as my next tax refund comes in :)While I am a licensed EMT and know how to work a regular defibrillator, an AED has the advantage in that absolutely anyone, without training, can easily use it.

    Hoping you never need one...

    Katie...more info
  • Advice
    I am an EMT with almost 15 years of CPR and CPR Instructor teaching experience with the American Red Cross. I am also on the advisory board for the AED Instructor Foundation [...], a national non-profit group that works with AED manufacturers to help get these devices where they otherwise have no access and to ensure proper training.

    The AED is a great device. However, it is only as good as the training you need to receive as a user. CPR is what is going to keep oxygen in the person's system and circulating it while someone goes to get the AED or in a worst case scenario, the rhythm is a non-shockable one. CPR is not a difficult skill but it definitely is not one to learn while you are in the middle of an emergency situation, especially on a loved one.

    Please, take CPR training from an accredited CPR course, one where you receive hands on training, not just a video driven course.

    What a wonderful holiday gift! The gift of life! Many organization's such as the American Red Cross or American Heart Association (to name a few) offer gift certificates for classes and many organizations even have courses for children. Yes, children can learn this too! Many times it is a child who saves a life!

    Even if you don't buy an AED it is important to know CPR because these devices can be found almost anywhere now, shopping malls, theaters, health clubs, and all federal government buildings, airports and all airplanes, and schools.

    Give the gift of life...learn CPR!
    ...more info
  • Let the Buyer Beware!
    While Philips makes an excellent AED device[...]. The repeated assertions and/or implications that training, preparation and ongoing support aren't needed to utilize an AED are not only erroneous, they are a gross disservice to the public. They are also contrary to the history of providing Initial Emergency Care and Life Support as well as to the science of Emergency Medicine.

    AEDs don't save lives...AED programs that are part of the fabric of a community EMS System do! Moreover, without an emergency mindset (i.e., the courage and confidence to act) most people simply don't and won't respond to a potential sudden death situation, regardless of how easy an AED device is to operate. Despite the simplicity and documented success of AEDs, this needed "mindset" does not come in the box with the new unit.

    It must also be noted that not all cardiac arrests are caused by the electric malfunction ("ventricular fibrillation") that requires defibrillation. The victim of sudden death may also need CPR and ultimately, will always need the care of EMS professionals and transport to an appropriate medical facility.

    The idea that people should buy an AED "just to have one" is a step in the wrong direction. It may well produce a false sense of security for buyers as well as hinder the growth of the AED movement and the effectiveness of community EMS Systems. Indeed, the protection "for hearts and brains too good to die" offered by AEDs should be available everywhere. But having an AED without people who are properly prepared and supported runs the very real risk of not giving the victims of sudden death with the 2nd chance at life that a properly utilized AED can help provide.

    [...]...more info
  • I used one a few weeks ago
    We have 2 of these in our office. Two weeks ago an employee had a heart attack. Someone started CPR and I hooked up the the AED. After 5 shocks the womens heart restarted and she started breathing on her own. The ambulance response time was more than 10 minutes. (This is faster than average in NYC) Without the AED this 40 year old women would be dead. Two weeks later she is back at work.

    The device is very simple to use. The most important thing is to avoid panic. And don't give up, keep at it until the ambulance arrives....more info
  • It's pretty good!
    This thing pretty much does the job with a lot more accuracy than simply poundinig on the person's heart, like they tell you to do in the books. The unit itself is a bit heavy; I would prefer something I could carry while walking or jogging. This is a minor complaint though - This is definitely a product whose time has come....more info
  • AED's save lives... Period.
    I'm concerned that some reviews here seem to indicate that AEDs require a license or other specialized training to use. Most states require that users take an approved CPR class that includes AED training. Most CPR classes today offer this additional training. If you are concerned, call your local ambulance or fire department. They should have good information about the requirements (if any) in your area.

    AEDs save lives. They are very, very easy to use. They should be in every home and office in the United States. They are made to be virtually "idiot-proof." It is EXTREMELY unlikely that you could shock someone that didn't need to be shocked. They walk you through just what to do in a cardiac arrest emergency.

    I have been a career paramedic for nearly a decade. I have managed dozens of cardiac arrests. Of the very few "saves" we have had, almost all of them involved the use of an AED before we arrived. CPR is important, but it's been overrated by TV. The #1 goal when the heart stops -- whether you're in the operating room, emergency room, in an ambulance, or lying on your living room floor -- is to defibrillate that heart in an attempt to get it to beat normally again.

    An accepted statistic is that the chances of survival decrease by about 10% for every minute the patient is without a pulse. In most places, you're lucky if you can get an ambulance crew into your home in under 8-10 minutes. Factor in the time it takes you to realize what's going on and to call 911. You do the math. Even with CPR, without an AED it's just about hopeless.

    This is a good product. Anyone who can afford it should purchase it for better peace of mind. You should also take a CPR class and familiarize yourself with the unit....more info
  • Not Just for People
    This important device is not just for humans. My dog was successfully revived with this device. The vet subsequently informed me without the aid of this device, my dog would have died. My dog is a 200lb German Shepherd named Lucky, who chewed an electric extention chord => significant zap!! The device was applied, and 200J later, Lucky got very lucky!! Thank you Philips....more info
  • Impressive web support
    Since my husband's family has a history of heart disease, I thought I would look into getting one of these. In researching the topic at the Consumer Reports website, I found that they reported that the resuscitation rate nationally is 2 to 5%. With a Home Defibrillator, the rate jumps to 40 to 50%.

    In researching further, I found that the Phillips is the only Home Defibrillator available to buy without a prescription. The website for this product, www.heartstarthome.com, has a wealth of information. They offer assistance in finding out if insurance or Medicare will cover some of the cost of this product.

    The American Heart Association states that 340,000 people in the U.S. die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) each year. St. Jude Medical Center website (sjm.com) lists the risk factors for SCA, although SCA can occur without any risk factors:

    Heart attack
    Heart failure
    Heart surgery
    Coronary artery disease
    Diabetes
    High cholesterol
    High blood pressure
    Cigarette smoking
    Drug or alcohol abuse
    Excess weight
    High fat diet
    Sedentary lifestyle
    Stress
    Certain medications (over-the-counter and prescriptions, including decongestants, diet and herbal supplements)
    Family history of arrhythmia or sudden cardiac arrest
    Congenital heart disorders (heart problems present at birth, usually involving the heart's chambers or valves)
    Advancing age

    I was very impressed with the amount of on-line support at www.heartstarthome.com, including a video and a demo. The demo shows exactly how the product works. It removed all doubt about whether I would be able to use this product. (Obviously, taking the American Heart Association class is highly advisable!) Thanks, Philips. ...more info
  • A possible life saver.
    One of the more unlikely products to come along, as a few other reviewers have sort of stated in their - other uses for - reviews :-). Reminds of the scene in 24, season 2, in which the President has to extract information from one of his associates.

    That said, this looks to be a remarkable product that not long ago required medical training in the use of, and very deep pockets to afford. This should catch on well in the UK , where Scotland and Northern Ireland rank top of the list for heart attacks.
    ...more info
  • How much is your LIFE worth?
    It's great these are finally available for the public.
    This is a very easy to use piece of equipment. SO easy, that even some
    one who's loved one is laying on the floor can still operate it. Turn it
    on stick on the patchs and the machine does the rest. It lets you know to
    not touch the individual.
    If it seems like a lot of money, without one money may become un-necessary.
    I like the idea of 4-6 neighbors going in on it, and keeping it in a common place.
    One where no one is to far from the machine. You only have a about a minute and
    half.
    So I guess it my come down to the old axiom:: It's your money or your life....more info
  • Been trained in use for over 3 years
    I am an ERT member at work where we have had AEDs for over 3 years. I can state with certainty that they are incredibly simple to use and offer the most significant increase in survivability should someone suffer cardiac arrest. In our training however, there is one important point stressed: The machine will deliver a shock only in the case of fibrillation. If the heart is stopped completely these units do not pack enough energy to offer the kind of jolt you seem to see at least twice on every medical TV show. That is a minor limitation, AEDs are a critical part of the four step approach mentioned in another review. 1)Early activation of EMT (911) 2) Early CPR
    3) Early defibrillation 4)Early advanced life support. As a citizen you can easily accomplish the first 3 with minimal training and relatively minimal dollars. $1500 is still spendy for something you may never use. If possible you might pool your money with neighbors or family and come up with a plan to keep the AED accessible to all. It might not be used to save your life, but it will feel just as good if it saves someone elses. ...more info
  • Could be the most important thing you buy.
    This is great to see. I worked as a lifeguard and we used HeartStart AED's in our facility and they could mean the difference between life and death in a cardiac arrest situation. Parents, they could save your child's life in a swimming accident. It also could make the difference with elderly when a sudden heart attack occurs. Death is certain after only five minutes without oxygen. Sometimes the ambulance just won't be fast enough. Take it into your own hands!...more info
  • Most businesses have these, now......they save lives!
    This is a fabulous product, as I can speak from experience. It is very user-friendly. It works. CPR is only PART of what saves a heart attack victim....one of the main reasons for calling 911 is so there can be follow-through with defibrillation, if necessary. The machine lets you know if the patient needs defibrillated. If a heart attack victim does need defibrillated, CPR is not enough. Without defibrillation, the patient will remain dead. This product saves any wait time for the ambulance, saving precious minutes, and lives! As for those others that commented about not being able to use it on themselves...........educate yourselves....take a basic CPR class before you judge.......You should never be able to defibrillate yourself, because those that DO need it are unconscious. Even people who take care of themselves by living a healthy lifestyle, can still have heart attacks.......the first guru of running died of one. It would be nice if the product could be cheaper, so that all households could afford the device. I have noticed, however, that no matter how poor some people are, they still can afford to have big TVs and computers. This product could save the life of someone you care about, even though you cannot use it on yourself!...more info
  • Health & Safety
    I work as an EHS engineer in a manufacturing setting. We have purchased some heartstart defibs for our facilities. AED are a wonderful device that has the opportunity to save FAR MORE lives than CPR alone.

    These devices have human studies that show an 89% success rate on first shock.

    Simply do some research to learn how important these devices are. For the individual that complained about not being to use it on yourself, that is just dumb. You don;t want to shock someone's heart if it is still working, the shock would kill them. That is why this device will only allow a shock to be given if the patient's heart has stopped (the machien does all the work). It is truly a lifesaver and $1500 is a great price compared to the $3000 price tag of 2 years ago.

    Others that review this device and do not like it must not actually know much about AED's, CPR, etc....more info
  • Excellent
    No Home should be without one. Heart Problems occur at an alarming rate in people of ALL ages. However, I did not buy it here. You can get the same deal, personalized training and superior product support from a local dealer....more info
  • Concern about reviews listed
    An AED is a wonderful item to have if you or a loved-one have an existing heart condition or significant family history of such (talk to your health provider), especially if you live in an medically underserved area.

    Agreeing with another reviewer, in many ways and in many places taking a CPR course may be more helpful (and economical). Take a training course in AED use prior to using this type of equipment. There are risks involved for the operator and patient if improperly used.

    Contrary to information provided in some of the reviews, AED's are designed not to shock on demand, but only when particular heart rhythms are recognized by the machine.

    As with any health care product, please speak with your health care provider (MD, PA, NP, ND, DO, etc.) prior to purchasing or using this equipment. It is not appropriate for every household....more info
  • The Best Product of its Kind On the Market
    I have taught CPR for almost 35 years and currently head up an American Heart Association Training Center. My instructors have had access to the top 4 AED trainers for over 5 years, but every one of them prefers to use the Philips Medical Heartstart. The other trainers gather dust. The Philips line of AEDs began as HeartStream in the late 1990s and were the first on the market with FDA-approved biphasic (2 directional) shocks, first to put AEDs on airplanes (American Airlines), first with FDA-approved Pediatric Pads,the first and currently only AED officially approved by the American Dental Association, and the first to be able to be purchased without a doctor's prescription. And considering that just a few years ago, AEDs cost almost $5000, the price makes it a steal! If you have a loved one in your home with a heart condition, this is the device for you! Be aware that no device guarantees success, and this machine will not help a heart attack, but it is the best chance for someone who experiences a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (complete heart stoppage). But if you buy it, please also take the time to get trained in its use by attending a HeartSaver AED training course - use of an AED is only 1 of 4 links in the AHA "Chain of Survival". You can find a course near you by going on the American Heart Association Webpage and locating a Training Center or Training Site near you, or call Philips Customer Service....more info
  • Don't forget CPR and 911
    I am an EMT-B in California and have used similar devices and was trained on a Philips AED. AEDs and especially this unit are very easy to use but during an emergency the panic of the situation can cloud your thoughts so read the directions before you need to.

    I have some advice for anyone buying an AED or considering it:

    AEDs are a wonderful invention, but don't forget about CPR. I recommend taking a class on CPR. Not administering CPR immediately reduces the effectiveness of defibrillators and chances of survival.
    Though an AED can save someone's life, the doctors in the Emergency Room can make the difference so calling 911 is essential. If you are alone call 911 right when someone `goes down,' even before applying the AED or starting CPR.

    *disclaimer: talk to your physician. I am in no way licensed to provide medical advice or practice medicine.


    ALWAYS CALL 9 1 1 IN AN EMERGENCY....more info
  • I bought one for my home, here's why...
    I'm a 44 year old man, no family history of heart disease, "normal" blood pressure, slightly elevated cholesterol, exercise 3-4 times per week--frankly, I expect my heart will never need to be defibrillated. But then again, who does?

    I bough mine to protect myself, my family and friends--even my neighbors. This device is truely amazing. It really, really is as easy to use as a doorbell. If a shock is needed, you push a flashing button after the devices tells you to do so. The HeartStart does all the thinking. Its voice is remarkably reasuring. The instructions are simple and clear.

    Given the thought of needing one and not having it--cost really wasn't much of a consideration. Each time I pass it, (we keep ours in the laundry room) I'm reminded just how precious life is.

    I highly recommend this product and congradulate Philips for its pioneering work in this area. ...more info
  • Cardiac Arrest - Risk Factors
    This is in response to a few of the posters stating that Smoking, Lack of Exersize, Diet are the biggest risk-factors for a heart attack. That Statement is only partialy true.



    While Smoking, Exersize and Diet ARE risk-factors for a heart attack, the BIGGEST risk factor for heart attack is hereditary (Family History).



    I Work as an EMT and in the Transitional Care Unit (Cardiac Unit) of the hospital and probably half of the people we see in for heart attack dont smoke, exersize and have a fairly good diet, BUT have a family history of heart attack. - alot of them say "Why is this happening to me? I Ate right, exersized, did'nt smoke."



    So while yes, Smoking, Lack of Exersize and a Poor diet all increase the risk of having a heart attack, family history is still the biggest risk-factor of them all....more info
  • THIS WILL SAVE LIVES
    I have not used this product but have used AED's from other companies as well as using the hands-on type of defibrillator used in EDs and in ambulances. These devices save lives, no questions asked. I agree with the posters who suggest training is needed. It should be a pre-requisite that one must received at least basic cardiac care/first aid and CPR prior to being able to purchase this device. Basic CPR now includes a chapter on how to use an AED and that training should suffice. After receiving this low level of training and furnishing the card to Phillips, the person should be able to purchase this device. An AED is safe, effective and fills the gap from the onset of cardiac arrest to the arrival of first responders.



    My dad died this week in a large city in British Columbia. He was taken to a Walk-In-Clinic as he was 30 minutes away from a hospital, 4-5 minutes away from the clinic. The benchmark standard ambulance response time that most EMS systems try to achieve is 8 minutes. Even with an 8 minute response time, the crew will require at least 30 to 90 seconds to get the equipment set-up and ready to use. Thus, the patient has waited around 8.5 to 9.5 minutes, at a mininum, with CPR only (if the patient is lucky). The likely of a successful defibrillation after 10 minutes of CPR and oxygen ventilation is around 0-25%, since for every minute wasted waiting for defibrillation, the likelyhood of success decreases by 7-10%.



    By taking my father the 4-5 minutes to the clinic, before he arrested, and being under the treatment of a medical doctor, was the right choice. But, the clinic lacked this basic but fundemental life saving device. The clinic did not posess an AED. After five 911 calls and 19 minutes of CPR, the first ambulance showed up, and it happened to be an advanced life support crew with all the tools to save lives. After 19 minutes though, the likelyhood of a successful defibrillation is very minimal if not impossible. My father died.



    This device would have saved my dad's life. Maybe it will save yours.



    Darren

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  • Only 10 minutes to update my AED Mr. July 2006
    Philips sent me a reprogram plug-in that took me only 10 minutes to change the settings to meet the new standards.

    Most of the low price AED's use camaera batteries. My defibrillator has a long life lithium battary.

    I won't risk someone's life on store-bought battaries.
    Walt Blankenship...more info
  • Great Item But... Remember Reality
    As an ER/Trauma nurse I have seen and been involved in many, many cardiac arrests. Here is some information that you need to know 1) You must still perform adequate CPR, if not brain death occurs within 4 minutes of oxygen deprivation to the brain! 2) Even with trained personnel, CPR, a defibrillator and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (medications) the survival rate is very, very low.
    I am not telling you this to discourage purchasing this AED it is a wonderful unit I have been trained on it and had to use it once. I am letting you know that if you are willing to spend over $1000 on a defibrillator (especially for a private home)then a good idea would be to spend another $50 and take a basic CPR class. I hope that no one that buys this ever has to use it!!
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  • Peace of Mind Makes it Worth The Price
    Very few people writing reviews have had to use this. I am no different, but I can speak of the benefits of purchasing.

    I bought this for my mother for her 60th birthday. She has very high blood pressure and high cholesterol. There was always this worry hanging over our family. An anxiety that paralyzed all of us a little. We all worried that mom wouldn't see her grandchildren grow up. She worried too.

    Since I gave her this (granted, unusual) gift, I know with certainty that the anxiety level has gone down. We've all watched the video (including Dad) and we all just feel better about my mother's health - because we know that we're prepared to help her. She still takes her meds, watches her diet, etc ... but when she gets pessimistic about her heart, we've laughed and said "Mom, we're gonna zap you back so quickly ... you think we'll let waste all that money?"

    It's just nice to have it. It's not morbid at all. We don't feel helpless anymore - and Mom knows that we know what to do if anything happens.

    Like everyone else, I hope it's never needed. But it was still worth the $$ for the peace of mind that we have. Mom enjoys life a little more, and we are happier.

    Life is better when you can live it without worrying all the time. This makes us all worry a little less....more info
  • I REALLY was wishing for one of these earlier today.
    At church today I came upon a man who had partially collapsed. Since I'm a physician, I stopped and offered aid. It turns out that he had a history of heart disease and was having some pretty concerning symptoms. To my dismay, we do not have an AED at our church (yet). We notified 911, and he was taken for medical care without any problems, but I was a bit worried there for a few minutes. While I'm trained in BLS, that is, at best, a temporizing measure. AEDs have a proven ability to diagnose and treat fatal heart rhythms. In my opinion, places of public gathering should consider purchasing one of these devices. I'll be working with our church to see if we can get one. I would have been a bit more relaxed waiting for EMS if I had had one of these today.

    However, buying an AED is not a cure-all. I have been trained on these, and they are very simple to learn to use. However, I think it would be quite difficult for someone who had never used one use it correctly during the stress of a cardiac arrest. If you are considering buying an AED for home or public use, I strongly suggest reading the section on AEDs at the American Heart Association website. It discusses some of the important preparations to consider before the purchase of such a device.

    So, while not for everyone, this is one of the few products available that can truly save lives. In the right situation, it is indispensable.
    ...more info
  • Worth Considering
    I was employed by a major airline as a flight attendant. Our company was one of the first to madate AED's onboard. Because of my experience, I would recommend this product, but ONLY if you are in a risk group. The key to survivablility of a cardiac arrest is the response time to medical treatment.
    An AED can close the gap between the incident and the arrival of professional medical assistance. Minutes of delay can mean death or brain damage.

    This was my experience with an AED. A passenger suffered what appeared to be a cardiac arrest. There were no professional medical personnel onboard other than the well trained flight crew. For those that think that flight attendants are onboard to serve coctails and peanuts, think again.

    The beauty of the AED is the precision method of monitoring the patient's vital signs, then advising proper steps. This helps to alleviate human error in administering first aid. After assessing the vital signs of the patient manually, we hooked him up to the AED. The system advised a shock. One was administered, which restored some heart rhythm. We were able to continue artificial respiration until the aircraft landed and medical personnel arrived. The passenger, while he did not regain consciousness onboard, did recover from his cardiac arrest.

    The timeframe of surviving a cardiac arrest is measured in just a few minutes. The AED offers a helping hand in a crucial situation. If you are in a risk group, I'd recommend this product.
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  • Best Investment you'll hopefully never have to use
    As an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Paramedic, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting electricity to an adult who is suffering from cardiac arrest. Technology is moving quickly to get electricity to the cardiac arrest victim earlier and earlier -- and the survival rates AND quality of life rates after such an arrest are sky rocketing accordingly.

    Is there too much direct-to-consumer marketing by medical-related companies? Probably. Is your personal risk for experiencing sudden cardiac arrest per calendar year low? Definitely. ...but do those smug reviewers refuse to buy vehicles with airbags in them just because their risk of being in an accident is low and the direct-to-consumer marketing is irritating to them? No! Those will be the same folks who want their cars with anti-lock breaks, airbags, the best side-impact reinforcements... and being a good driver (ie, "just improve your diet") won't cancel their risk for being in an accident.

    I hope you never have to use this machine, but as an emergency healthcare worker -- both pre-hospital and in the emergency room -- I cannot say enough positive about AED's in the community setting!

    Don't run out and purchase this out of paranoia, however if yuo are at risk for a sudden cardiac event consider if this would be appropriate for you, your family members, your apartment building, your church, etc. ...and rest assured that it is absolutely safe -- it is impossible to hurt a loved one with this, you can only help.

    ...and to those who gave negative reviews on this AED? Don't forget to pay your car insurance!......more info
  • More Direct to Consumer Profit Taking
    This is another attempt by medical companies to profit making from consumers. There is not much data for the use of defibrillators at home. As an Emergency Physician I would advocate against the use of this at home, however their use in public areas is appropriate....more info
  • It is simple to use, may possibly save a life, and the price is worth the peace of mind.
    I just completed the red cross Adult AED training course, and had the opportunity to train with this exact Philips device. The machine is very simple to use, and gives very clear and precise audio instructions while using it.

    I absolutely recommend an AED training course, or else at minimum reading the directions thoroughly BEFORE you ever are in a situation where you might have to use the AED, so that you are familiar and comfortable with the steps you would take in the unfortunate case that you would actually have to use the AED.

    I understand other reviewers' perspectives that the investment may not be 'cost effective', and that the likelihood that you would ever use it is very low and so therefore a 'waste of money'.

    Yes it is expensive, but you cannot really put a price on a saved life - it is priceless. And, the cost for the AED has come down significantly in the last year. If you can afford a Starbucks coffee every day, for example, then you can certainly afford to buy one of these.

    In my opinion, the AED provides a tremendous value as a worst-case precautionary measure.... Though the AED only works in select cases of fibrillation, and the strength of shock is lower than what an EMT can provide, the point of this AED is in cases when you have called 911, and help is on the way but NOT YET THERE.... it only shocks if after the device performs an analysis, it determines the shock is appropriate for the situation -- so you don't risk hurting the person in distress by using it, as long as you follow the simple directions (i.e. when it is analyzing and shocking, you and all other parties must stand clear and not touch the person who is being cared for).

    I also recommend learning or reviewing CPR skills and procedures so that you know what to do in the event that you need to provide care for someone else. If you ever use the AED, you will likely need to also perform CPR.

    Perhaps this is not true for everybody. But for me, in my own case, it is better to have the peace of mind that I try and do everything I possibly can to help aide and care for a person in distress.

    I hope and pray that this is the "worst" investment I have ever made as I hope to never be in a situation where I would have to actually USE the AED -- but if I ever do find myself where a person in my home is suffering from chest pain or becomes unconscious, I would rather have the AED on hand (and know how to use it) and take the chance that it might help them, but know there is a good chance it might not, but at least I know I did everything I could while waiting for the EMT to arrive.... than not have the AED as an option at all. ...more info
  • The facts
    1) THE FACTS

    These are the statistics you should know before believing any commentator on this opinion board. They are taken from the very authoritative "ACLS - Principles and Practice" of the American Heart Association, p 93, a highly recommended reading.
    Rates of survival to hospital discharge for patients with witnessed ventricular fibrillation arrest:
    No CPR, delayed defribillation (>10 minutes): 0-2% survive
    Early CPR, Delayed defibrillation (>10 mn): 2-8% survive
    Early CPR, Early defibrillation (7 mn): 20% survive
    Early CPR, Very early defibrillation (4 mn): 30% survive
    Public access defibrillation programs in airports and casinos have been able to break the 2 minutes to 1st shock barrier with survival rate of 50-70%
    In supervised setting with extremely early defibrillation, 89% survive (based of 101 victims)
    Nearly all neuroloogically intact survivors who in some studies number more than 90% had a ventricular tachyarrhythmia that was treated by early defibrillation.

    Now ask yourself this: how long, realistically, do you think it would take:
    1) for an ambulance (assuming the one closest to you is available at the time of calling) will reach your house, assuming no traffic and no difficulty finding your home
    2) for the personnel to carry their equipment, introduce themselves, go to the room where the patient is
    3) reevaluate the situation themselves, before, finally
    4) decide to install the defibrillator and defibrille ?
    (I live in a place in the country where it is not realistic to have an ambulance ARRIVE at my home in less than 20 mn under the best condition (at night with zero traffic), so in my case probability of survival to sudden cardiac arrest at home realistically is nil)

    2) THE RISKS

    Ok, a defibrillator might be useful if you have a ventricular fibrillation. But, what are the chance of you having one ?

    (From Harrison's Principle of Internal Medicine, p 1618)

    Sudden Cardiac Arrest probability:
    Adolescent and young adults: 1/100,000
    between 45 and 75 years: 1/750 (unselected population)

    Male are 7x as likely to female to have a sudden cardiac arrest.

    % of suddent cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation: 65-80%

    When all factored in, for an unselected male 45 to 75 the probability of ventricular fibrillation per year is somewhere near 0.08%.

    For your defibrillator to be of any use, you would need all that your cardiac arrest due to a ventricular fibrillation occurs:
    1) when you are not sleeping (about 1/3 chance)
    2) when your defibrillator is nearby (? chance)
    3) when someone is actually witnessing your cardiac arrest (1/2 ?)
    4) and that witness knows a defibrillator is nearby, will think of using it, and knows how to use it (?)

    Your probability of successful use is probably going down to 0.01% after all this.

    Your altruism might crank it up to 0.03% to take into account middle-aged visitors and members of your family your defibrillator will help

    THE COST

    Now we can determine the cost per life saved:

    Cost of machine per year (assuming 10 year depreciation) / (Probability per year of event (middle aged) x optimistic survival rate or 80%) (assuming the alternative is close to 0% survival)

    $150 / 0.03% = $500,000 per male life saved


    OTHER WAY TO CALCULATE IT

    200,000 sudden cardiac arrest in the USA

    Assuming every citizen out of 4 in the USA (250M/4) has a defibrillator ($1500/10 year depreciation=$150) (62.5M x $150= about $10,000M total cost) and that 1/10 cardiac arrest will be saved because 1/10 cardiac arrest will fullfill all the successfull condition (ventricular fibrillation, occurs while awake, near a knowledgeable adult, near a defibrillator, not in a car while driving, etc) then the cost per life saved would be: $10,000 Millions / (200,000 * 1/10) = $500,000 per life saved per year.

    While I do see the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of the product for airports and other such public area, I am of the opinion that it is not cost effective for the average family.

    A much more cost-effectively way to increase your longevity is simply to alter your diet.


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  • A great idea!
    Having a home defibrillator is great for those who can afford it, especially dentist offices (often heart attacks can cause tooth/jaw pain), and residences with seniors. Last I checked, chances of survival following cardiac arrest drop approximately 10% per minute without treatment. Unlike cpr, defibrillators don't just keep the blood oxygenated and circulating but can actually bring the heart back into a normal sinus rhythm....more info
  • Philips HeartStart Home Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
    Fortunately, I have not used the product. I am glad to have it, and count on its working if i need it...more info
  • Lifesaving Devices
    Sudden heart stoppage is a common cause of death. CPR and defibrillation are techniques that can start the heart again and give the patient time to get needed help at a hospital. This unit is an external defibrillator that can start the heart with the help of another trained person who is available immediately within a few minutes to intervene and start the heart again. All persons should see their doctor to have the risk evaluated. In addition to the the external defibrillator there are also implanted defibrillators available. Only a medical professional can advise you what is best. There is a definite advantage to the implanted defibrillators in that they act automatically without the immediate intervention of another person....more info
  • No water resistance better off with zoll aed
    It seems too good to be true. The device seems great on the surface but looking close it does not offer a significant degree of water resistance.

    The FR2 or Zoll AED are units that are a bit better. But for a home unit where there is no chance of accidental exposure to water (swimming pool, rain or snow); it is a good unit.

    jim bock, Pres.
    Survivors Foundation
    aedsurvivors.org...more info
  • AED's Save Lives!!
    I just did CPR training today and we also trained on an AED. They are incredible and VERY easy to use. If one of your family members or loved ones has a condition requiring one of these or has leanings toward potential problems, you should have one of these. You should also take the CPR training to enhance what these wonderful machines can do as well. These work wonders when TIME is of the essence! : )...more info
  • Everyone Needs Training
    An AED is only a small part of the lifesaving required in an emergency situation. If you are going to spend the bucks to buy an AED for your home or office then you better be spending the few dollars more to get the training required to use it properly. It takes more than an AED to save a person's life in case of a heart attack. I have had that training and I highly recommend it for anyone who thinks they have to have this device. Without the training, this device loses much of it's usefulness because CPR is a big part of the lifesaving procedure even with the AED. Just like an air bag in a vehicle is a great thing but it loses it effectiveness when seatbelts are not used in conjunction with it. Of course you can't hurt anyone with it because it won't defib except under the right conditions but you can't help much either without the proper training. Take the training, so that you know ALL the links in the chain of survival that will save a person's life....more info
  • NC Registered Nurse
    I'm a critical care nurse and I teach CPR to healthcare professionals. These things are great and improve the survival rate in patients by 40-50%. Get one--it just may save the life of someone you know. And (by the way) they ARE easy enough for everyone to use....more info
  • Get it. Period.
    Vital now for everyone. Get it. Save up fast or buy it on time, but get it....more info
  • AED's save Live's. Period!
    I have been in healthcare and Critical care for for almost 30 years. We need more of these in homes and cars. The software and protocols are excellent. Early defibrillation is the key to survival for most people. I use to be an EMT and have been a practicing critical care Respiratory Therapist in emergency rooms and currently work in a Regional Trauma Center. [...]

    S Riggs, M.S., RRT
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  • I'm Trained And Prepared
    I was totally ignorant about human physiology until I took the "HeartSaver AED" class. Now I know to operate an AED and I understand CPR. I was amazed when I read that HeartStart is the first heart defibrillator available for home use without a prescription. I want to be prepared for sudden cardiac arrest, since heart disease runs in my wife's family. Hopefully if I ever do have to call 911 and she has to wait for an ambulance to arrive, I can increase her chances of survival. ...more info
  • Physician approved but not right for everyone
    Though I am a doctor, this review should not be interpreted as medical advice as I am not aware of your personal risk of heart disease. The decision to buy one of these is up to you and your physician. Below I explain why I am considering betting one of these, factors that may influence your decision to by one for your home, and why as a business owner you may want to get one.

    I do not own this product but am looking to get one for my car/home. I am doing so because as a physician I have saved lives with these devices in the hospital. I know how critical it is to rapidly correct short circuits in the largest portion of the heart, called the ventricles. These short circuits, known as v tach or v fib can only be reliably fixed within several minutes of onset. Even if you dial 911 it may be too late by the time paramedics arrive.

    On the other hand the chance that any single person will need one of these devices is low. And the cost is not cheap!

    Things that you may want to factor into your decision to buy one of these devices is whether you have someone in your family who is at moderate risk for heart disease and short circuits. For example someone with a prior heart attack but who still has a strong heart might consider having one of these (people with weak hearts may actually want to have a defibrillator implanted into their skin). If you live alone this would not be a wise choice since someone else will need to use if on you. I think it would be wise to be trained in Basic Life Saving if you want to use this devise to prevent inappropriate use that may be harmful. Also you definitely need to keep this out of the reach of kids.

    So if you are someone at risk for a short circuit of your heart, live with someone who can get trained in life saving, have the money, and especially if you live a long way from a paramedic, think about buying one of these devices. Things such as food, medication, heat are much more important however.

    If you own/run a business with customers or employees over 50 years old, such as a health club or restaurant, get one and get trained. You could save the life of a customer or employee, which is wonderful in many ways. I also guarantee you there is a lawyer waiting for one of your patrons to have a heart attack and die at your business and sue you for millions because "you were too cheap" to buy one of these. So both from a humanity, good business, and liability standpoint this is a wise investment for a business owner.
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  • Excited to see this product available to average consumers
    I have been a paramedic for 8 years. I have worked on countless cardiac arrest victims. The overall survival rate for victims of cardiac arrest is very low, but EVERY single person that we have successfully been able to revive has been through the use of a defibrilator. Though the comments made by a few others about proper medical care with medications hold some value, the definitive care for a patient in ventricular fibrillation (the most common initial electrical rhythm in cardiac arrest) is defibrilation. That is exactly what this product does. These type of products are essentially fool-proof. Anybody can learn to use one in less than 5 minutes. I strongly urge anyone reading this review to learn CPR and purchase this device. It may be several minutes before I can get to your home while your loved one is laying on the floor with no heartbeat. Give them the best chance of survival that you can....more info
  • It is not fair...
    It is irresponsible for people that do not know about this, to post in your site any opinion about something as important as sudden death. There are two people in your site (both of them signing as EMTs), saying that an AED is not so important to prevent sudden death.

    I am a cardiologist and have been training people in Emergency Cardiac Care for years now and can say that they are absolutely wrong. I have no relation with any AED manufacturer and all of the FDA approved ones are good.

    VF and VT are the cause of most sudden cardiac deaths. About 80% of people who dies suddenly have this arrythmia as the main cause. Just in the US, every year die more people of VF or VT than of car accidents, house fires, breast cancer and prostate cancer together.

    This does not mean that to have a HeartStart AED in your home is as good as controling risk factors or going to a hospital if you have chest pain or shortness of breath. But, if someone in your home has a heart condition you can save them with an AED if you act in the first 8 minutes after cardiac arrest. The AED is a very effective device if used well. You should also learn CPR but, without defibrillation, the chance of surviving is a lot less.

    In places like O'Hare Airport in Chicago they save about one person every two weeks using defibrillators. No one can affirm that all AEDs WILL save lives. But they could. It is not indicated for everyone but, for someone who can spend $1500 and have a heart condition that make them prone to sudden death, this device can be a very justificable spending. ...more info
  • LEARN CPR!!!
    I am an EMT and retired Hospital Administrator.

    Like the first reviewer I view marketing this without the proper training to be irresponsible.

    If the person has a Myocardial Infarction, resulting in a true "flat line" ECG a Defibrillator is useless without the proper drugs which have to be given intraveniously or injected directly into the heart to start random heart activity.
    Only then can a defibrillator shock the heart into proper pumping action.

    The most important thing a layman can do is learn CPR. If you can keep OXYGEN going into the lungs and then circulate that oxygen to the brain and heart (PUMPING) you have done the ONLY really important thing. If people use this for a Myocardial Infarction, INSTEAD of IMMEDIATELY starting effective CPR, the TIME Philips causes them to waste deprives the brain of oxygen and dooms the patient.

    I've defibed scores of patients but NEVER successfully unless two people had already done CPR until we could get the drugs injected first.

    The gentleman with the implanted device does not have a Myocardial Infarction ...just an electrical arrythmia which the little battery in his device can sense and "retime" the heart....thats a whole different thing.

    For an MI learn to do CPR properly. If you can get oxygen to the brain you can keep the person in a salvagable state until properly trained persons with ALL the tools, heart stimulants, bicarbonate to return the blood to it's proper Ph etc can arrive and the defibrillation have a chance of working.

    Phillips can market this thing only because it has a computer which keeps it from working when it shouldn't so the FDA figured it's harmless. BUT IF IT WASTES TIME in starting CPR, it's NOT harmless.

    Buy the RED CROSS First Aid Manual ...more info
  • I'm not sure if everyone needs one for their home ...
    I am an individual at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest. I don't own a personal defibrillator but I have the implant in my chest. My implanted defibrillator and pacemaker is tuned up every 3 months by my cardiologist. The implant needs a new battery every 3-4 years so I have to undergo chest surgery at that time. The implant hurt like the devil after they installed it, but after 6 weeks it stopped hurting so much. My point is, if you are at high risk, why don't you get the implant? Do you need a scary electric device laying around that you may not be sure if you're using it right if you ever do use it? Have you had your first heart attack yet? Have you discussed this purchase with your cardiologist? If the answers to these last four questions is no, then maybe you should see a cardiologist first before you make the purchase. If you have not had a heart problem so far, and you're worried about it, see your doctor, maybe change your diet, stop smoking, etc. I think if you're shopping for this machine, maybe the implant is a better choice. The implant does it all for you and brings you back alive, without any intervention, unlike the product which needs someone nearby who knows how to use it properly.

    Update 12/29/08: I recently visited my cardiologist and had my machine readout printed up, and was informed that on August 9, 2008, at about 5:00 a.m., my implanted defibrillator jolted my heart until it began to beat again and that the implant had saved my life. I did not wake up. My cardiologist informed me that without the implant, I would have passed away in my sleep without waking up.

    I did not wake up. Who would have been there to use an external defibrillator on me to save me? No one....more info
  • DON'T compare to long term health
    A reviewer wrote that $1500 can buy a treadmill or patches to quit smoking, and advised that your money's better spent preventing cardiac arrest. This is dangerous, ignorant advice. That type of advice is better served in the junk food/health section. This is an EMERGENCY device. It's like a holistic doctor going into an emergency room trauma center and starting to give advice that the hundred thousands of dollars of equipment would be better spent on vitamins and a gym!!
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  • Tell everybody that it is available for unrestricted sale!!
    As a medical doctor who has participated in Resuscitation Committees in Colombia, I have known this excellent device for at least 5-6 years and can tell you I am delighted to know it is available without restriction. My feeling is that for small medical offices and centers in third world countries like mine this is a MUST. The cost of full-featured defibrillators puts them out of reach, whereas this device will save lifes, be stupidly simple to use and cost a fraction of them.
    In fact even any place where there are groups of people meeting, large offices and the like, should have one. (We are still far from expecting regular homes to own one). I hope Philips pushes marketing Heartstart in countries like mine, I foresee a near future where non-defibrillated cardiac arrests should be a thing of the past....more info
  • $1500 buys a lot of other lifesavers too...
    There is no question that AEDs work great and save lives. If you have the means, I highly suggest picking one up.

    Something to consider though, is that $1500 would buy you a pretty nice treadmill, a lot of months at a health club, or many boxes of nicotine patches to quit smoking. You will be better served in the long run if you invest your time in PREVENTING cardiac arrest in the first place by cutting your risk factors.. exercise and smoking are two of the biggest.

    For those with confirmed history of cardiac problems, this may be a good purchase. Other people may want to consider some of these other suggestions. Don't take my word though, talk to your own physician before you make an investment like this....more info
  • If you care about people who have heart problems, ...
    Then you need to consider buying this. I made my social club buy 3 of these in the hope that we never have to use them. If you've got a small office or have a family member who has heart problems, you need to strongly consider getting this. Your chance of survival drops 10% per minute for a cardiac arrest. The AED is very simple to use. One of the studies that "sold" people on this is the fact that 2nd graders were shown this device and not given any instructions and were just 30 seconds slower than paramedics with CPD/AED training. This as indispensible as a first aid kit.

    Yet this is only part of the full lifesaving plan - if you're serious about getting this, then it's worth contacting the Red Cross for a CPR-D class. Talk with instructors and learn what else needs to be done as part of an overall comprehensive life-saving plan. If you've got an elderly family member living with you, or a history of cardiac arrests then the cost of this device is well worth it and buys precious time until emergency response arrives.

    My hope is that if you buy this, you never have to use it. But if you do, you're giving someone the best opportunity for survival. ...more info