A defibrillator delivers an electrical shock to restore a normal heartbeat. Sticky electrodes or paddles are placed on your chest to shock the heart. Defibrillation is an emergency treatment for life-threatening heart conditions like cardiac arrest and arrhythmias, though it can also be a scheduled medication intervention to treat an irregular heartbeat.
A life-threatening abnormal heartbeat can cause the lower chambers of your heart (ventricles) to beat unevenly and extremely fast. This prevents enough blood getting to your brain and body, which can quickly be fatal.
While defibrillation is performed by a healthcare professional in a hospital, an automatic external defibrillator (AED) can be used by a layperson in emergency situations in public.
Our team of cardiologists, surgeons and radiologists at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center are highly trained and experienced in emergency heart care, including using defibrillators, in Goshen, IN. Call 911 in an emergency, and trust our experts to provide exceptional care.
We’re committed to the health of our community in Elkhart County and beyond. We want to stop life-threatening heart conditions before they start. Talk to your primary care provider about a heart screening to learn more about your risk. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call (574) 537-5000 for a referral.