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ST. LOUIS – February is American Heart Month, and as you look around many businesses and arenas, you may see a sign that says “AED” which stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It’s a device that shocks the heart back into rhythm in case of a heart attack or other problem. You may not think you need to know how to use one, but if you did, you could save a life and you can help put more of these AEDs into the community. Washington University cardiac surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Puja Kachroo and clinical nurse specialist at the heart and vascular center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Kristin Seymour explained.

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