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Cardiac Science receives US clearance on Powerheart G5

Posted on Feb 20 2014 | IBNS

Bengaluru, Feb 20 : Cardiac Science Corporation, a group company of Opto Circuits and a global leader in automated external defibrillators (AEDs), on Thursday announced that its Powerheart G5 AED has received 510(k) market clearance from the U.S.

FDA (Food and Drug Administration), allowing the company to begin selling the AED later this year along with its successful Powerheart G3 product line.

"This news is a testament to the commitment shown by our employees who have spent many years of developing, testing and refining the Powerheart G5 so that seasoned and first-time rescuers will have the most reliable, easy-to-use AED in the U.S. marketplace," said Vinod Ramnani, Chairman and Managing Director, Opto Circuits (India) Ltd, adding that, "Our product portfolio is now the envy of the AED industry."

The Powerheart family of AEDs is designed to enable rescuers to swiftly provide effective, life-saving therapy to aid a person who has suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating due to irregularities in its electrical system. The condition strikes as many as 360,000 Americans annually with the majority of cases being fatal, according to the American Heart Association.

However, the American Heart Association notes that at least 20,000 lives could be saved annually by prompt use of AEDs. Ultimately, with broad deployment of AEDs among trained responders, as many as 50,000 deaths due to SCA could be prevented each year-a cause Cardiac Science is firmly behind.

"Cardiac Science has been working to reduce SCA fatalities since we introduced the first fully automated external defibrillator," said Al Ford, Cardiac Science General Manager and Senior Vice President of Sales / Marketing.

"The Powerheart G5 and G3 provide a one-two punch in our mission to provide every company, school and public place with a potentially life-saving AED," Ford said.

The Powerheart G5 will be available for purchase in the United States later this year.

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