Preventing Heart Attack Deaths

When someone dies from a heart attack there is something clogging the veins or valves in their heart causing their heart to stop beating. That is called a cardiac arrest.

Once the heart stops, there is an electrical occurrence that causes the heart to go into an irregular heartbeat. That irregular heartbeat can be restarted by jumpstarting the heart with an electric shock. An electric shock is administered with an AED machine. Even if there is a blockage of the arteries and the blockage cause the heart to stop, the heart can be shocked back into normal rhythm with an AED. While these devices are very effective at preventing death from a heart attack, they sometimes malfunction, are poorly maintained, or are simply missing. In cases where an AED should have been, but was not effective or available, it is important to work with a heart attack lawyer, to discuss possible damages and compensation.

Some heart attacks are more severe than others. Usually a heart attack that is a result of severe blockage is worse because the blood stops flowing completely and a piece of the heart dies. A piece of the actual tissue dies and then the person must have surgery to open up the valve or the portion of the heart where the blockage occurred.

Sometimes, heart attacks occur from a small clot or a small buildup of plaque. Those are less serious, but the person needs surgery to find out exactly how bad the blockage is after the heart attack.

Chain of Survival

If a person has a heart attack, in order to prevent death, the first thing that should be done is that someone should call 911. The second is that CPR should be started immediately. The recent standard regarding CPR places the emphasis on the chest compressions. The mouth to mouth part is not the most crucial part.

The third thing is to get the defibrillator if there is one available. These three things combined are called the chain of survival.

Importance of Available AEDs

Public places should have AEDs available because they are 90% effective in saving the life of someone who is having a heart attack. There are many medical studies that show how successful they are at saving a person’s life. The problem is the average response time for an ambulance to arrive on scene in America is six to eight minutes. For every one minute that goes by beginning with the heart attack itself, a person’s chance of living decreases by 10%. By six to eight minutes, it is possible the person is close to death. If someone gets an AED and it has only been one minute since their heart attack began, they increase the person’s chance of survival by 70%.

AED Issue Claims

A person or a family member may have a claim in many different circumstances. The easiest one to understand is when the place where the person died was supposed to have an AED for the purpose of preventing deaths from heart attacks, but it did not have one. The next is where the facility had an AED, but there was some problem with it. Something went wrong meaning that the battery was dead, no one could find the AED, or the AED was malfunctioning. These are certain types of cases where there is a case because negligence may have occurred leading to the death of a loved one.

Role of Personal Negligence

People have a personal responsibility to eat right and exercise. They should actively try to prevent themselves from having heart attacks. However, if there is a device that is supposed to be used to save the life of someone who has a faulty heart condition or has a heart attack, that device should be used. Sometimes lawyers try to blame the person for being overweight or unhealthy, but that usually does not work well, because the AED device is specifically designed to help someone experiencing heart failure.

Supporting a Heart Attack Death Claim

People should check when they go to the gym or a stadium to see if there are AEDs available, especially people who had a prior heart attack or are at risk for heart attack.

For example, if someone had heart surgery and knows they are in danger of a heart attack and they go to the gym, they might want to tell the trainer or look in the gym to make sure that there is an AED there, so in case something awful happens, the AED can be used.