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Woman beats amazing odds thanks to wearable technology

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

An ArkLaTex woman is grateful to be alive after she went into sudden cardiac arrest. Now, she's sharing her testimony of how technology helped save her life.

The chances of survival when a person's heart goes into fibrillation, a condition where the heart quivers and eventually stops, are slim to none.

"The longer you delay CPR and shock, the worse the outcome," said Dr. Srika Veerareddy, a Cardiologist in Shreveport.

Luckily, for Dr. Veerareddy's patient Kay Jarratt, it was only a matter of seconds before she received the treatment she needed to save her live. Dr. Veerareddy had prescribed Jarrat a wearable defibrillator vest after a surgery she had to correct some complications with her heart. She didn't agree without some push back. 

"I did not want to wear that thing," said Jarratt.

It took some time to convince Jarratt to wear the vest, but it's a good thing she agreed because it ended up saving her life.

"I had my caretaker bring me up to the beauty shop and I'm sitting there talking and everything started getting black. I passed completely out," she recalls.

Due to the weakened state of her heart from surgery, Jarratt went into fibrillation and collapsed. Thankfully, within 60 seconds, the vest she was wearing determined she needed defibrillation and applied the treatment she needed by zapping her heart back into rhythm. 

Dr. Veerareddy says without it she wouldn't likely wouldn't have made it.

"The shock is the very key to survival. When it comes to sudden cardiac death, 90 percent of people don't make it to the hospital," he explained.

Jarrat says she's grateful to be alive and with her family. She says she's learned from the experience and encourages others to go get checked.

"I know how vital it is. Don't hesitate to do it. It might be uncomfortable, but it's worth it," she said.

Nearly 326,000 people just in the U.S., experience sudden cardiac arrest every year. Sadly, 9 out of 10 of those people die. It's recommended to see a cardiologist once a year to possibly increase your chances of detecting a potentially fatal heart condition.

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