Health Matters: Wearable Defibrillators

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"It senses if the heart stops and can actually shock the heart internally and return normal function," says Dr. Richard Chazal, a cardiologist with Lee Memorial Health System.

The device takes several forms, including AEDs or Automatic External Defibrillators. Those are the ones you see in public places like malls, golf courses and stadiums.

"These are devices that if I had a cardiac arrest someone could apply these pads either a trained layperson or a fireman could apply these and shock my heart," says Dr. Chazal.

 

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