On Feb. 6, 2017 at 5:00 am in Walmart while looking at ham steaks I went down, Unconscious . Haven't a clue how long I was out but wound up in a heart hospital in Richmond, Va.
After two days I went home with a monitor the size of a cell phone and started transmitting to Pa 24/7 and where they in turn reported to my cardiologist here in Richmond daily. Received a call from the doctors nurse asking if I realized my heart stopped for four seconds a couple times. Arrangements were made for a pacemaker. 24 hours after receiving the pacemaker I went home.
I'm struggling to make it by, I'm 22 years old and had sudden cardiac arrest last year
(February 10th, 2016? idk the actual day but I was told either that day or the following). I spent some time in a coma, I don't actually know how many days of that either but I know it was somewhere around a week and a half. I can't help but to wish everything would've just ended. Why did someone have to save me? My life seemed to be on a good track and now everything has fallen apart. I don't have any closure, and I'm in so much debt I don't know where to begin... I was told there there wasn't a cause, it just happened. I don't remember anything about it or leading up to it happening, i don't really know where my memory stops and picks up again but I know somethings I don't have any recollection of.
I have photos and conversations on my phone that are weird to look at. Like i'm looking at my own memories but they feel like they belong to someone else.
Since my SCA episode happened January 17, 2016. I have outwardly seemed to be doing extremely well. My doctors tell me I am doing well, I feel decent and everyone loves to tell me how "good" I look. Inside, I continue to battle depression - that feeling of why did I not just go ahead and die? I mean it seemed like an easy way to leave this world as opposed to so many people I have watched die a slow painful death from cancer or other medical issues. Did I just set myself up to die one of these deaths in 10 years?
Oh no. What’s that pain. Is it my heart? No, it couldn’t be.
It will pass. I could call 9-1-1. No. No ambulance. Can’t do that. The sirens. Neighbors rushing over. Too embarrassing. Maybe I’ll feel better later.
Regretfully, some people would rather die than call for an ambulance. So that’s exactly what they do.
Early symptoms are often ignored and puts people at risk for significant damage to the heart muscle, even death. Heart attacks have “beginnings” that can occur weeks before the actual attack. Be aware of pressure, not necessarily pains in the chest. Don’t try to rationalize it away as something else. Your body, like the engine in your car, is trying to tell you something is wrong.
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On may 16, 2014.. I woke up, at age 45 ( just turned- my birthday was April) put on my favorite suit to go to work. I thought I was in the best shape of my life, altho under quite a bit of stress. At 2:20 pm- I remember clutching my chest (my hear. Felt like it was out of control and spinning). I remember telling my coworker that "oh my god this can't be good" - next thing I remember was days later waking up in ICU of a cardiac specialty hospital. By the grace of god I worked in a hospital- a smaller community one- and dropped right in front of the respiratory office. 50 feet from the emergency room. It took 4 attempts at DEFIBRILLATING me. The doctor said if that happened even in the parking lot o would not have survived. I went back to work far too soon, as I work right in the same area it happened- plus my face required 17 stitches to piece my lips back together as well as knocking out my front teeth. At first I felt so lucky- like I was invincible!!!!
I am finding myself reaching out in hopes that there are others out there that may have some words of advice for me. I feel very guilty writing this as I am not the victim of the Sudden Cardiac event rather I am the one that applied the CPR and that kept my husband alive. My story started in May of 2016 at 12:30 am. I woke to what I thought was my husband snoring and tried to wake him to roll on his side. I in a short time frame realized that something was wrong. I could not wake him and he had stopped breathing. I to this day do not know how I jumped into action but I did without hesitation. I am sure it was the higher up that was with me leading me through what needed to be done. The 911 dispatcher walked me through getting him on the floor and starting the CPR. Long story short, he did survive the event with having 6 additional events over a 6 week time frame in the ICU. I am happy to say he is alive and his mind is doing great.
I am pleased and excited to introduce myself to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation community. I officially joined the Foundation as the vice president of development, but it holds particular meaning for me as I lost my youngest brother, Lewis, due to sudden cardiac arrest in 2014.
Jaime Alvarez was born September 14, 1949, in Mexicali, Mexico to US Citizen parents. Throughout Jaime's journey, being a true and faithful family man has been his priority. He is very proud of being a faithful husband, loyal and loving father and Grandfather.
On December 2, 2016, Jaime and his wife, Eunice, will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary. They have been blessed with four daughters, Leticia, Marisela, Elena and Gina. They have 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
"Sudden Death- Beautiful Life," is Jaime's third book. It is a true story of Jaime's sudden death cardiac arrest on June 27, 2015. His first book entitled, "Skin for Skin," details the true story of his family's ten year struggle against false criminal charges and the victorious resolution to their case. THE COLLECTIVE WORKS OF JAIME ALVAREZ featuring Dichos de Mi Madre is Jaime's second book published by Author House.
Sudden cardiac arrest did not become real for me until 2008 when my high school track coach passed away. Due to feeling nauseated, he stayed in for the night to rest and never woke up. SCA had claimed another victim. The auditorium for his wake was standing room only. His impact on so many generations of kids was profound. My quest now is to remember his legacy and be an influence on survival rates for SCA.
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, based in Pine, recently published survey results showing that people are less concerned about heart attacks and episodes of cardiac arrest than they are about other, less deadly health problems. Few of the 1,200 people surveyed knew the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, estimated to be the third most-common cause of the death in the United States, after heart and disease and cancer, according to survey results. Mary Newman, the foundation's president and co-founder, provides more details below.
Why does sudden cardiac arrest get less attention than other leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.?