Summary Box: FDA eyes tougher defibrillator rules

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TIGHTER CONTROLS: Federal health regulators say additional testing and inspections are needed to make sure external defibrillators function properly to help save people suffering from heart attack.

HEART DEVICE TROUBLES: The government’s proposal comes after a steady increase of defibrillator recalls over the last five years. The heart-zapping devices are increasingly found in public places like schools, airports and office buildings.

LIFE-SAVING JOLTS: External defibrillators generally include two plastic pads that attach to the patient’s chest and detect whether the heart is suffering an attack. The pads then deliver an electric shock that resets the heart’s pumping action.

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