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New Here - Need to get my story off my chest and hopefully out of my mind

Hello, This is long but I have to get it out there.
Some background: When I started dating my husband i knew i would need to brush up on my cardiac knowledge. He was born with Tetralogy of Fallot and had 3 major surgeries between the ages of 3 days old to 14 yrs old and would need pulmonary valve replacements throughout his life when the old one wears out. By the time we got married and i got him on my insurance it had been at least a decade since he had seen a cardiologist. So we thought its time to start seeing someone and get an idea of how things are going in there. Three months later he's in surgery to repair an aortic arch aneurysm, aortic valve and pulmonary valve replacements. It's ok we made it through it's all good. Fast forward 4 years and we are back getting a catheter ablation for atrial arrhythmias he doesn't even feel. Well that sucks but we made it through better a scheduled procedure than the alternative.
5 months later May 25th 2017 around 1:00am

What Nicole Kidman Would Like You to Know

Nicole Kidman's father died from sudden cardiac arrest. Here's what she would like you to know.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes. That is about 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. That’s half of all heart disease deaths.

Those deaths afflict seemingly healthy people of all ages and races, often without warning, including one in nine men. It is less common in women, but they are 50% less likely to receive bystander help.

6 months later

I hope it is ok for me to use this site. I am actually from Canada but own property in Florida & couldn't find something comparable inCanada. My husband suffered SCA last November, 2016 while out for a drive in his sportscar on one of the last nice days before winter set in. It was a beautiful day & everyone was outside doing yard work. He was pulling into his friend's driveway when he blacked out. He rolled into a parked van & the noise alerted the neighbours on the street. They pulled him from the car, started CPR & EMS, Fire & police were there soon after. They shocked him twice & he was transferred to a Cardiac Intervention Centre immediately. He spent 9 days in ICU sedated & on a ventilator. On the 12th day he had an ICD implanted. He lost 25 lbs in the hospital & was very weak. It was a long struggle. He started Cardiac Rehab & was doing great until 3 weeks ago when he was shocked 35 times - out of the blue.

Patient Care, Advocacy Are Powerful Bedfellows

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Jimmy Kimmel's story reminds us of the breadth of EMS' commitment to our patients

As a mom and an EMT with a similar story, I was touched by Jimmy Kimmel's emotional monologue about his newborn son Billy. With more than 10 million YouTube views, it’s a critical reminder of two underlying messages.

Monophasic vs. Biphasic Defibrillators

I was recently studying this article covering monophasic vs. biphasic technology in AED units and was struck by a few interesting points:

1) First defib type shock that saved a life took place all the way back in the 1940's and used metal spoons!
2) The biphasic tech allows for significantly less shock (joules) to be used in treatment do to the waveform.
3) The lower-level of required shock is what has allowed for the size of AEDs to shrink.
4) Multiple biphasic waveforms exist and are used by different manufacturers (per this article),

First time entry sca survivor

I experienced sca on April 1st, 2017 (not a great April's fool). I am type 2 diabetic . I suffered from a reaction to Metformin compounded by pneumonia that caused me to be dehydrated. After renal failure at home, cardiac arrest came next. Fortunately I was already in the ER and had an excellent team looking out for me.My physical recovery has been good. My vital numbers are stabilized. However, I am experiencing issues with short time memory and other cognitive issues. Any advice on mind exercises is appreciated. I will try to share my experiences here.

Wow, that scared me

Hello,
As mentioned in the my last post my cardiac arrest happened on Dec 11, 2011. I do not recall what if any feeling or sensation I had so, in a previous post, I asked if anyone cold tell me what if any feelings had been experienced when your cardiac arrest happened; hoping to be well informed.

Well, I have news... On April 20th, I had a near cardiac arrest. I have an ICD and after about 11 seconds it corrected my ventricular fibrillation and just seconds before the defibrillator would have shocked me. I know this because my bedside device (Merlin) alerted my doctor who called me to come into the office. He printed out the ekg of that evening and I saw where the ICD began the correction program and was charging to possibly give me a shock. I was only seconds away from that shock. Thank God, the ICD worked.

A SUBTLE ADVANTAGE FOR DRIVERLESS CARS

Driverless cars will be actively sold before the end of this decade.

Recent evidence shows that the accident rate with a driverless car is far less than with a human at the wheel.

One consequence is that, if the "driver" is wearing a device such as iBeat, the car can re-route and head for the closest ER when that passenger / driver is recently clinically dead.

Sure beats calling an ambulance.

Bob

Short term memory GONE

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.

hello

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.

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