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An AED, or automatic external defibrillator, is a device used to give an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart for someone who has sudden cardiac arrest. An AED has built-in computers that checks the person�s heart rhythm, judge if defibrillation is needed, and then gives the shock. It�ll give you audio or visual instructions throughout the process.

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The American Heart Association.
WebMD Health News: "New CPR Guidelines: Chest Compressions First."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 1, 2019

SOURCES: 
The American Heart Association.
WebMD Health News: "New CPR Guidelines: Chest Compressions First."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 1, 2019

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