A defibrillator is an electrical device that provides a shock to the heart when there is a life-threatening arrhythmia present. The arrhythmia that we worry about is called ventricular fibrillation. This is a very rapid erratic beating of the heart. Multiple parts of pacemakers in the heart starts sort of beating erratically and the heart can’t rhythmically contract. And what the defibrillator does, it provides shock that basically shocks the heart to stop so that it can start rhythmically contracting again.
Why does the Sports Oval need one?
Numerous underlying heart conditions that can cause a weakening of the heart muscle can predispose an individual to develop or be at risk to develop life threatening ventricular arrhythmias. For adults, the most common condition is coronary artery disease leading to ischemic cardiomyopathy (where heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body).
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