Did you suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Did your heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating for seconds? Well, you have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is an unexpected pulseless condition that strikes literally a lot of people. Someone saved your life, someone immediately decided to help you, started CPR, and used a Defibrillator to shock your heart back to a normal rhythm in the first few minutes after your collapse.
Thank GOD, you are breathing. Your heart is still beating. You are alive!
Learning to thrive after surviving SCA can be a challenging journey, but you are not in this journey alone. You are not the only person who had a SCA.
Most survivors face not only changes in their health and behavior, but also changes in their ways of thinking about themselves and about life.
- Physical limitations: You may feel movement disorder due to pain, in the first few days and even weeks following your SCA.
- Memory disorder: Within one to six weeks following the SCA, you may experience short-term memory loss.
- Depression: Many patients feel anxious, frightened and depression after their cardiac arrest, especially in the early stages of rehabilitation after leaving the hospital.
- Phobia: The biggest fear is that cardiac arrest might happen again. The reality is that it could. If you've already had a sudden cardiac arrest, you are at high risk of having another one. You have to be educated about SCA and encourage your family members to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).