Saturday, September 18, 2004

FDA approves home defibrillators

The FDA has approved Automated Emergency Defibrillators (AED) for over-the-counter sales.

These devices dramatically improve the odds of survival for heart attack victims if the shock is applied within six minutes of the heart attack. The design of these AED's has become almost fool-proof and thus the FDA's decisions to allow anyone to own the devices.

If you live with someone who has heart disease or is otherwise at risk, these devices could be life-savers.

Of course, a healthy diet and reasonable amounts of exercise are your best bets for long-term heart health.

Because the legs are the largest muscles in the body, strengthening the legs has special benefits for the heart.

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