Essex Air Ambulance Clinical Governance Day

It was a real privilege this morning to talking at the Essex Air Ambulance Clinical Governance Day.  I was there to talk about my journey and SCA UK but had the added bonus of meeting up with critical care paramedic Ben Myer, who was key in saving me during my cardiac arrest.

I guess it’s a sign of how far I’ve come that when I used to talk about my event it was like walking through a word minefield, where uttering a certain word or conjuring a certain image into my head would start the emotions flowing. Today there was not a bit of that and despite standing in front of an auditorium full of people it was a real pleasure to give the story of life after cardiac arrest, and yes I did manage to plug the book!

I had some really nice feedback afterwards including this tweet from paramedic Amy

“Paul providing a unique perspective that we don’t usually get to understand. I’m always in awe of patients who have survived an OOHCA. Emphasis++ on the effect of SCA on family/carers and not just the survivor.. “

If you’re a survivor or someone else affected by a sudden cardiac arrest I’d throughly recommend you take up any offers you get to talk about your experience.  It may seem daunting at the time but it is a great way of giving back and also it can be a kind of therapy.

Life after cardiac arrest paperback published

We’re really excited to announce that the SCA UK book “Life After Cardiac Arrest” is now available in a paperback version.

Paperback and ebook available on Amazon, UK, the US and beyond!

You can buy it on Amazon UK, the US and beyond!


The ebook version has been available since February 2018 and is rated with 5 stars and has received lots of great reviews…

“this book gives a lucid account of what it is like to survive! It will be of benefit to survivors, those who support them and health professionals who may know the clinical details, but not the actualité of life following a Cardiac Arrest. A fascinating read written frankly and without self pity, this book is enlightening and a must-read as more people survive a Cardiac Arrest” Fay

As a survivor of a Cardiac Arrest this was a really interesting read. It is somehow re-assuring to find that other people have had the same problems as you with their recovery, but more than anything it is a book of hope, surviving a Cardiac Arrest gives you a second chance, don’t waste it!” Matt

An amazing book!!!” Caroline

So glad we found this book, my husband had an SCA and it was truly helpful to read everyone else’s experience” Nicola


The books content is taken from blog articles on this website and longer posts within the SCA UK Facebook group and this updated edition contains a foreword by consultant cardiologist Dr Tom Keeble, NHS Hero 2018.


A massive thanks must go out to all of the contributors to the book…

Paul Swindell
Sacha Jenkyn
Richard Houghton
Dawn Saunders
Ryk Downes
Imogen Guest
Jamie Poole
Keith Lord
Alex Murphy
David Jeffrey
Chris Solomons
Bob Reville
Mick Schofield
Mark Wendruff
Ingrid Gardner
And Ian.

All proceeds from the sale of the book goes to help SCA UK and SADS UK support survivors and others affected by a sudden cardiac arrest.

We’re sure you won’t regret buying a copy and if you do and find it of value we’d really appreciate it if you could leave a positive review.

If you want to take a look at the ebook version (which is the same as the paperback) see below…

Volume 2

Would like to be in a future volume of Life After Cardiac Arrest? If so, then please take a look at our blog submissions page!

5 Ted talks every SCA survivor should watch

Some of the most helpful and inspiring videos on the web are done by people at Ted talks and over the years a number of them have been posted into the SCA UK Facebook group.  I’ve collated 5 of them for easier reference.

1. Janine Shepard – A broken body isn’t a broken person

It’s easy to feel a bit broken after an SCA and the following talks gives a really powerful message about the human potential for recovery.  Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal – until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride.  Here she shares her powerful story and her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

2. Ruby Wax – What’s so funny about mental illness

Recovering from an SCA can be a real roller coaster with anxiety, depression and other mental issues being a problem for some survivors.  Ruby Wax is well known in the UK for her shows and comedy but also for her writings on mental health and Mindfulness…

3. Neil Pasricha – The 3 A’s of Awesome

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation.  He is the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness and one of the world’s leading authorities on happiness and positivity.

4. Jill Bolte Taylor – My stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist who also happened to have a stroke.  She has written an excellent book on how her brain has been affected. There are many similarities between the damage a stroke and an SCA can do and so is well worth watching…

5. Sandrine Thuret – You can grow new brain cells

Many SCA survivors end up with some sort of brain impairment due to hypoxia.  It’s always worth asking whether this can get better.  The question is, can we, as adults, grow new neurons to help repair our brain? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can.  She offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.

And a bonus video which is a light hearted though quite clever guide to AED use…