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Sudden Death Beautiful Life

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.

Introduction

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.

What to Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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.?

Maryland Non-Survivor Support Group

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Memory problems

To the people that have memory problems: a couple years I went into cardiac arrest several times and was in a coma for a couple of days and I now have severe memory problems. I also get frustrated very easily and often have a hard time knowing which words to use when I talk. I understand that this is to be expected. My memory problems are so severe that I now am on SSD. Take care!

8 Times Dead

I'm writing this blog because I feel like I need to chronicle my experiences and clear my head. I occasionally can't sleep (like tonight) as it all plays in my head too loudly so I find writing it down has helped.

So, these are the stories of the 8 times I died.

1 :: Train Station :: 20 years old

St. Louis AED Program

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.

Gaining ground on AED comfort

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.

My Story this year.

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.

My cardiac arrest story

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 .

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Mission & Vision

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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