At Home Defibrillators Approved

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Each year nearly 400,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest, most of them falling victim while at their home.

The new HeartStart home defibrillator aims to reduce those figures. The device gives simple step-by-step directions complete with pictures in order to ensure anyone can deliver the life-saving shock.

Deputy Fire Chief Dave Gee, says the device is the most effective tool a person can have on-site in the event of a heart attack. Gee recommends that people with severe cardiac problems and those who live in hard to reach rural areas consider purchasing the device.

The HeartStart currently costs nearly $2,000 and is available only online at www.heartstarthome.com, but may be available in pharmacies by this Christmas.