I recently came across this article on the Cardiac Science website that gave some background on the success St. Louis has had in developing a strong PAD (public access defibrillation) program. While the article is a number of years old at this point, I took a number of interesting nuggets from it.
While participating in a recent forum discussion in which a member suggested adding AEDs to public transport vehicles, I was driven to an article on Mass Transit Mag (here) that covered that exact topic. It was interesting to learn just how far we've come in making AEDs more available, but also how far we still have to go.
When I was 40 I had 3 minor heart attacks and had been on medication ever since. I thought i was doing well.
Recently had started to get angina after eating so had booked in to get an angiogram done.
Went on holiday to Queenstown New Zealand and on my 2nd day we walked up to some chairlifts so we could go down a luge from the top. I had done the same trip the day before and gone to a restaurant up top with no problems.
Apparently I collapsed on the concrete path waiting to get our tickets. Basically heart stopped. The attendance inside the ticket booth were trained in CPR. Spent about 6mins on me and then used a defibrillator and managed to resuscitate me.
By then the fire brigade had turned up and then the ambulance. My heart stopped again on the way to hospital and they had to use a defibrillator on me again. I was flown by helicopter to Dunedin hospital.
It a Saturday May 14 2016 .I don't recall any of what happened my family has been my memory, we were having a yard sell and I was helping out then went into the house my daughter's and our exchange student left to go around town and my son stayed to shower, I sat in my chair and when he came out I was gray and foaming at the mouth he and a family friend Tina started CPR Jordan my son did compression with Tina for 15 minutes until EMT arrived I was shocked 3 times in my house and on ambulance I died 3 times .was put on life support for 4 days then came out of my coma had a ICD implement 6 days later .my memories are gone can only recall certain things .I love my family for all they have done , can never repayy son and family friend .
This is my first personal blog post sharing my story with SCA. First off, my name is JR Bunda and I am currently 25 years old. I went into sudden cardiac arrest on December 10, 2012 when I had just turned 22 the week before. At the time I was a senior in college, playing Division I baseball at the University of Portland in Oregon. It has been my dream to play professional baseball since I first picked up a baseball in my childhood, so I was on a quest in pursuit to achieve my childhood goal. I had the talent to reach my dream, which is how I landed a scholarship to play college ball, but still needed much to learn.
1000 things could have gone wrong. Everything went right.
One second I am running on a basketball court and the next second I'm in an ambulance being taken to the hospital. That was my experience. What happened? I went into a fatal heart rhythm, ventricular fibrillation. I had no blockages, stroke, pains... dizziness, nothing. No advance warning. When I went down, my friends and acquaintances sprung into action. One guy called 911, 2 others started checking on me. They first thought I was having a seizure. Then they realized I had an undetectable pulse and started CPR compression. Someone knew there was an AED in the building and brought it over. The two guys doing CPR put the device on and it's saying deliver shock! deliver shock! Boom. One shock. A different guy took over CPR and continued until the Ambulance arrives and takes me to the hospital. The person who dialed 911 hung up. The call lasted 6 minutes.
Hello fellow SCA survivor's and ICD recipients!!
The 25th Anniversary of my SCD will be this December. To commemorate this achievement, I will be walking over 500 miles on - the centuries old spiritual pilgrimage trail - the El Camino de Santiago, starting in France, and ending at the sea in Spain.
I was 33 yrs old when I experienced my initial SCA, and spent 47 days, in 2 hospital, and 3 different states. I experienced temporary blindness ,and lasting visual impairment as a result of oxygen deprivation to the brain. Like many of you, it is a miracle we are alive.
Back in 1992 there was no literature that dealt with the psychological impact of adjusting to this life changing event, so I wrote the book titled SUDDEN DEATH: A Survivor's Story, that was published in 2000. For about 2 years I was honored to be a guest speaker at various medical venues across the country, where I shared my unique experience with medical professionals ,and ICD recipients.
The Day I Woke Up to a Real ‘Life’ Medical Emergency
by Connie Hansen
On the morning of July 4th, while vacationing in Ludington, MI. with family and friends (at a resort with cabins on Hamlin Lake), I woke to my husband Mark gasping for air. I knew something was very wrong but not sure what was happening. I could not get him to wake up, a seizure perhaps? Seconds later I ran to the nearest cabin to instruct our friend Heather to dial 911, her husband Eric (an Air Force Medic) races back with me to find Mark now on the floor face down in a fetal like position, hardly breathing. Eric rolls Mark his back and straightens him out as best he could. Mark stops breathing. Eric initiates mouth to mouth. Seconds later my brother-in-law Erik (same name) darts in the room (news traveled fast). Erik is a Police officer/Medic/Fireman.
I would just like to know if any one of you experience changes in your looks
Healthy 25 year old female drops dead. Yeah, those things happen. My husband and I got a phone call at ten o'clock on a December night at our home in Houston with the news that our daughter had collapsed and was 'stabilized'. That was all the news we were going to get until we showed up in person in Ithaca, New York. I packed for warmth and death. After the longest airplane ride in our lives, we walked into a hospital room overwhelmed with beeping machinery and our daughter, small and unmoving, attended by a serious team of doctors and nurses. Even at this point, she was everyone's miracle--a survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.