Archive - Jul 20, 2012

Archive - Jul 20, 2012

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Just what ARE the odds?

Well, it depends...

Was your arrest witnessed?
If there's nobody else around when you have your cardiac arrest - or if there is someone else around and they don't notice that you have died - you have a 3.9% chance of getting out of the hospital with your major brain functions intact. How often does this happen? More than half of all out-of-hospital ("OOH") arrests are unwitnessed.

If a bystander saw you arrest, you have 15.2% chance of survival with brain intact - that's nearly four-times better odds. The moral of this factoid is that you need to always have someone around, and that person needs to know how to tell if you've just arrested. More than one-third of all OOH arrests are witnessed by a bystander.

Short-term memory loss

I had an SCA event 4/5/2009. My short term memory was severly diminished. I've seen quotes where after 20 months, don't expect mprovement. My experience is different. I saw some improvement this past Spring when I reduced my Lipitor prescription from 80 mg daily to 40, and later increased my exercise regimen. My short term memory appeared to improve, along with my ability to focus and concentrate. However, this improvement is inconsistent, and often I still fall into states of confusion, lack of mental acuity, moodiness and impulsiveness. Maybe that is what happens when you are "dead" for 1/2 hour without a hearbeat or pulse.

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