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What to Do After: Continuing to Survive

As you will find, it is not enough to survive death. The Lord, you, your family and your rescuers did an awesome job of getting you to the point of navigating your solution. Continuing to survive and not fall victim to your event is going to be arduous and require intentional effort.

As a forewarning, recovery can take a lot more effort than you would initially anticipate. Personally, I had to somehow make sense of the physical as well as the emotional ramifications of being a 21-year-old in a hospital bed. Being in the same bed, getting my blood drawn multiple times a day (those with a fear of needles and blood will understand), and having to see everyone around me worried and just as unsure as I was . . . it was easy to allow myself to become a victim rather than a survivor.

Mike's SCA

Hi my name is Mike, I am an SCA survivor.

My SCA occurred on the morning of July 12th 2004. It was a nice summer morning and I was getting ready for a camping trip later that week. I took out the household garbage and when I got to the trash cans I found they had been overturned and there was garbage everywhere in the yard. I cursed the neighbors dog and began to clean up the trash.

I felt a sudden sharp pain in my chest while bending over. As i stood up the pain got much worse. I made it back to the house and my wife asked what was wrong. I wasn't sure but it hurt. I had previous kidney stone issues and this was even worse pain. I got down on my knees and leaned on the couch. My wife called 911.

I was a volunteer on the local fire department and one of my friends, who was an EMT, heard the 911 call. He was on the ambulance with his wife, who was a paramedic. They recognized the address and made the normal 12 minute trip back to town, in half the time.

What to Do After You Survive Your Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Step One: Waking up . . .

Chances are if you are reading this you have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or know someone who has and you have some questions, a lot of them. I do not have the answers for why this happened, the proper health plan or diet to follow after an event or anything funded by research or a degree.

my sca story

Hi my name is Dave I.

CPR in the Hospital Is Not Always Good for the Patient

On TV it always seems clear and simple. A patient in the hospital goes into cardiac arrest and the medical team springs into action. After a few tense moments of furious activity, and only after all seems lost, the patient is successfully revived. A few scenes later the smiling and now fully healthy patient thanks the doctor and returns to his or her life as a professional athlete, parent of young children, or criminal mastermind.

Medical professionals know that in real life this is rarely the way it goes. Most patients who undergo cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are old, frail, and very sick. Many will die and many who survive CPR will die anyway before leaving the hospital. And many survivors will have severe neurological problems

Seeking advice

One question for the men out here, was there any sexual performance issues you had with SCA? I want to have sexual relations with my spouse as much as I used to but performance is down. Did or is anyone else having this issue? Thanks.

One Year Later

Tomorrow will be my one year anniversary from surviving SCA. It has been a long road and I still have a way to go to get back to where I was prior to SCA. I was reading where SCA survivors suffer from the following:guilt, sleep disturbances, a perception of vulnerability, a sense of urgency, greater love of family and friends and greater empathy toward others. I have these and was wondering if anyone else is still suffering from these issues.

My SCA story

I know I probably won't spell some words correct so I apologize in advance.

California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Target: Says There is No Common Law Duty Requiring AEDs in Target Stores

In a long-awaited and important AED-related decision, the California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that there is no common law duty (aka legally imposed obligation) requiring Target Corporation to obtain and make available AEDs in its stores for use in medical emergencies. This result effectively ends the case but the decision will reverberate in California and courts in other states for many years to come.

By way of background, this case began in 2008 when Mary Ann Verdugo, a 49-year-old developmentally disabled shopper with serious health issues, died after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest at a California Target store. The store lacked an AED or an employee trained to use one, though at the time Target sold AEDs on its website.

 
By Richard Lazar, Readiness Systems

The Story of Our Dad

Stuart R. Koenig (June 14, 1947 – September 15, 2012)

Stuart Koenig, far left, at his daughter Kathryn's wedding, five months before his deathMy dad died from sudden cardiac arrest when he was 65. He was active and in shape, he was on cholesterol meds, he detested cigarettes, and I never saw him drink anything stronger than a cabernet. But he still died, playing tennis, and dropped so fast he didn’t even break the impact of his fall with his hands. When they laid him out at the funeral home, his nose looked freshly broken.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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