Call for AED devices to be set up at public places

Published: Thursday 24 April 2014

 

PETALING JAYA: Public places should be equipped with devices that check heart rhythm to address the high prevalence of heart disease among Malaysians.

This call was made by the Citizen’s Action and Response in Emergencies (CARE), an initiative by the Federa­tion of Private Medical Practitioners Association of Malaysia and St John’s Ambulance of Malaysia.

Federation president and CARE founder Dr Steven Chow said cardiovascular disease was likely to strike one in 12 Malaysians.

He also pointed out that 70% of heart attacks occured without warning.

“This makes it important for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be made readily available with the necessary training provided to members of the public,” Dr Chow said in a statement during the federation’s Kuala Lumpur and Selangor branch annual dinner.

AED is a portable device that is used to treat cases of sudden cardiac arrests.

If needed, it can be used to send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

 

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