Need quick help, please

My girlfriend had a stroke that kept her without a heartbeat for seventeen minutes. As soon as she was given cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, she got her consciousness back. She was okay till the very next morning, but when she was reminded of the issue that gave her a stroke, she lost her short term memory of up to one year. I tried reminding her of the past events and after a chat that lasted for more than one day with only breaks for sleep, she got her memory back. However, she didn't remember anything that had happened when her memory was off. This happens time and again whenever she gets emotional. She is a very emotional person and her memory has gone and come back seven times in a span of one month. Surprisingly, it is the same time period that she forgets. Does she need medical care? Will it help? How do I help her? As I type, she has lost her memory and denies talking to me as she believes that she is still in the relationship that she was in.


What I thought to be a normal day back in November 2013, quickly turned into my worst nightmare. After being at work for the day and coming home and doing my normal chores of school run and cooking dinner. I then got my kids to bed and proceeded to go for a run with my 7 year old Staffordshire bull terrier. He could quite easily run for 12 miles, but I myself, a previous smoker and a belly that Santa would be proud of, was never gonna achieve that, so I opted for the children's version and ran for about half a mile, in myself I actually felt I had achieved wonders but I probably didn't even burn100 calories, considering I'd already taken in about 3000 that day I wasn't gonna be slimmer of the year anytime soon.

My journey

February 14, 2014 I was leaving a luncheon with friends and driving home on I5S in Oregon. It was an amazing sunny day in Oregon with light traffic. As I passed under the Tualatin overpass I received a call from my dad. I answered and said hello then I passed out at the wheel. Life came and left me as I was trying to slow. After a few seconds I finally came awake to the situation, I was able to get back to my home in Canby, OR. Not feeling great I went to bed. 2/15/14 I made my kids breakfast and went to take a shower at 9:30 am... I fell to the floor in my closet to die. My kids (daughter 13 & son 12) heard me hit the floor. They came to my rescue... Daughter called 911, son started CPR with my daughters assurance. They gave me enough life to be rescued by the Canby FD. I now have a a defibullator and thanks God and my kids daily for my life. I pray I can assist other 5% ers in their story.....

Survivors: Please join our research panel by August 28

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has established a research panel for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and their families. The Foundation has worked with multiple universities to facilitate research with survivors and family members. It is now embarking on a new research initiative in collaboration with StrataVerve Market Research. Together, they will study public awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and post-resuscitation quality of life. To participate in the research panel, join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network. Once you are registered in the Network, you will be invited to participate in research, as studies arise. To participate in our upcoming survey with StrataVerve, please register by August 28. Questions? Contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org.

"Bystander" is more an environment than a level of training.

When we hear "Bystander CPR" the image that comes to many minds is a person at home or at the shopping mall who isn't a medical professional but who has just seen someone have a sudden cardiac arrest. (You can thank TV for that shopping mall image - 85% of all out-of-hospital arrests occur in a private residence.)

The bystander environment is usually one where the witness has to call 911 and perform hands-only CPR alone for an average of ten minutes. The ambulance environment and the hospital environment have other people there to help.

When tested on a manikin exhibiting a chest stiffness at the 32nd percentile - a little less than 65% as stiff as the AVERAGE adult's chest - one-in-six of the subjects tested made it to ten minutes using their hands, but four times as many made it to ten minutes using the heel of their foot.

I am a drowning as a caregiver for my husband

I would like to share with significant others or spouses of survivors , we are 68 and the arrest was 6/11/2011.

FDA Strengthens Heart Safety Warnings on Painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warnings about painkillers like ibuprofen, saying they do raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. People should think carefully about taking these drugs, both over-the-counter versions and prescription pills, the FDA says. It's asking manufacturers to change the labels. The FDA spokesperson, Eric Pahon, is now saying that these painkillers do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The painkillers include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, including ibuprofen, sold under brand names like Advil or Motrin; naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex. Tylenol, known generically as acetaminophen, is not an NSAID.

My Superhero

The unknown man they are referring to in this article is me, This man is my superhero


Hi I'm a 40 year old female, I had an unexplained cardiac arrest last July. I was very lucky that I had collapsed at home unconscious and went into cardiac arrest on arrival at hospital. It took 50 mins for they to get me back, I went through the usual ICU I had trachy and was kept unconscious for two weeks, my kidneys failed and I spent a good while on dialysis. I amazingly survived but am left with horrendous memory loss with a very sparse memory of my life previously.
I am sad to say I've struggled with life since, memory loss is hard, and I find going out and motivation, I need such a huge kick up the backside to not be scared of life as I know life will never be the same, but it can be different. Thanks for taking time to read this, I guess it just helps to get it out there!!

We applaud this statement urging all schools to teach CPR

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation applauds the European Patient Safety Foundation, the European Resuscitation Council, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, and the World Health Organization for urging schools worldwide to teach students CPR. The statement follows:

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