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  • GET AED's with EASE!

    09/17/04 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom

    This device, called HeartStart, can be used to jump-start failing hearts at home without a doctor's prescription. The Food and Drug Adminstration agreed for the first time on Thursday to let consumers buy these devices. Associated Press

    Heart devices go online

    No prescription needed to obtain defibrillators
    By Associated Press, Daily Record

    WASHINGTON -- People worried about sudden cardiac arrest no longer need a doctor's prescription to buy devices that jump-start the heart.

    The Food and Drug Administration for the first time agreed Thursday to let consumers go online and purchase the $2,000 devices for home use. Some 80 percent of the instances of sudden cardiac arrest, which is best treated by a shock from a defibrillator, happen at home.

    Until now, people needed a prescription if they wanted to have a HeartStart home defibrillator to use in those crucial minutes after calling 911 and before an ambulance arrived.

    The FDA endorsed a July recommendation from its advisory panel to remove the prescription requirement after federal advisers were satisfied that people could use the machines safely at home.

    The agency approved HeartStart for use without prescription for adults and children at least 8 years old and weighing at least 55 pounds. A device used on younger children still requires a prescription. HeartStart can only be used when the individual does not respond to shaking and is not breathing normally.

    In addition, the agency will help the manufacturer, Philips Medical Systems, design a study to track the devices' use to ensure that no unexpected problems arise once the machines are more widely used.

    Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart that triggers fatally abnormal heart rhythm. Often, it is the first hint of heart disease and accounts for roughly 340,000 deaths outside of health care settings each year.

    HeartStart delivers a jolt of energy equivalent to what it takes to illuminate a 150-watt light bulb for one second.

    When the shock is delivered within five minutes of the sudden cardiac arrest, 50 percent of individuals survive, said Deborah DiSanzo, vice president and general manager of cardiac resuscitation at Philips Medical Systems.

    Ambulances typically arrive within nine minutes of a 911 call. Once 10 minutes have elapsed since sudden cardiac arrest, the patient has a 1 percent chance of survival, DiSanzo said.
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    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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    Re: GET AED's with EASE!


    I think i will let my brother know this so maybe they can try to get one for my dad

    Diagnosed 2003
    Myectomy 2-23-2004
    Husband: Ken
    Son: John diagnosed 2004
    Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

    Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


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      Re: GET AED's with EASE!

      I hate to be such a skeptic, but I am. So here goes!

      Is it really an advantage when something becomes available without a prescription? Does this make it more available or does it just relieve the insurance companies of their having to pay for it? If I am thinking incorrectly, please explain it to me, as I don't really like to be this skeptical.