Automatic external defibrillators are incredible pieces of machinery capable of bringing a patient back from the brink of death. Contrary to popular belief and what many people have gleaned from watching medical dramas and thrillers, these AED machines do not actually start a stopped heart. Instead, they deliver an electric jolt to a malfunctioning heart that temporarily stops it, in hopes that the brain is able to restart the organ in proper sequencing, thereby saving the patient's life. These medical tools are classified as "external" to differentiate them from defibrillator implants which are surgically inserted into the body to prevent and respond to cardiac events. This article will introduce automatic external defibrillators approved for general sale and home use. These devices can provide extra peace of mind for patients and their families and can act as first-response treatments before paramedics can arrive on the scene of an accident. 

Philips HeartStart Home Automatic External Defibrillator 

This home based heart attack machine has been praised for its voice-based instructions. In the event of an emergency, this device will verbally guide a first-responder through the process of placing the shock pads correctly on the victim and will even use pre-programmed algorithims to determine whether or not an electric shock is necessary. 

Philips HeartStart Automatic External Defibrillator

To give owners extra comfort and to ensure that it is always in proper working order, the HeartStart will run itself through daily electrical tests ensuring that it is still capable of delivering the life-saving shock when required. 

In fact, this AED's included battery is designed to last for 4 years before needing to be replaced and the unit will give owners a visual and auditory indication if it needs to be serviced. 

This unt is also capable of walking a user step by step through CPR, increasing the likelihood of saving a heart attack victim's life before medical personnel can arrive on the scene. 

Samaritan Automated Heart Defibrillator Device

This heart attack kit is similar in capability to the HeartStart, and its buyers also receive ongoing AED and heart attack first response training in addition to CPR tutorials. 

Samaritan Automated Heart Defibrillator

It comes with the pictured carrying case and is easily stored in a home or school in the event of a medical crisis. Like the HeartStart, it includes already connected electrode pads that the device will walk you through placing on the victim's body. 

However, it is usually a bit more expensive than the HeartStart, meaning that home users that are considering costs might want to opt for the Philips AED. 

Zoll AED Plus 

This AED gives special support for helpers attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation on heart attack victims in a home or school setting. 

Zoll AED Plus with CPR Support

This special AED is unique in that it can sense, by means of its attachable electrodes, whether or not the person attempting to resuscitate the victim is pushing hard enough or not while performing chest compressions. Even if the unit determines that a life-saving shock is not required, it will still guide responders through steps necessary to render first aid.