An automated external defibrillator, which is also known as an AED, is a device that is used to treat cardiac arrest. It works by analyzes the person’s heart rhythm and then delivers a shock to the heart. This device greatly increases a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. In fact, some reports have shown that if an AED is used within the first few minutes, then a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest can increase to 90 percent.

AEDs should be placed in every fitness center. Even though exercise helps improve heart health, many people have suffered cardiac arrest while they were working out. Many people who work out have undiagnosed heart condition. Exercise makes the heart work harder. The heart may not be able to handle the stress. As a result of this, the heart may begin to beat irregularly. It may also stop beating completely.

People who do not exercise regularly are at the greatest risk for suffering cardiac arrest while working out. There was a study done that examined data from people who died from cardiac arrest. The results of the study showed that the people who exercised less than one time per week had the greatest risk of heart attack.

Furthermore, many elderly people are working out at gyms. Many elderly people suffer from high blood pressure and other conditions that cause the heart to work harder. That is why older people are at an increased risk for heart disease.

Cardiac arrest can happen without warning. In fact, many people who collapse were not aware that they had a heart problem. Fortunately, having an AED in a fitness center can help save lives.