Surviving sudden cardiac arrest is just the first step toward full recovery and although there may be many ups and downs ahead but don’t worry, there’s plenty of help to assist you as you recover.
Many survivors have described physical, mental, and emotional changes after the event, some that last for a few hours, and others that never go away. While each person’s experience is unique, many have said they share similar feelings and go through the same lifestyle changes, from receiving an implanted defibrillator (ICD) to new thoughts about their own mortality.
As you and your family adjust to life after sudden cardiac arrest, remember that others have been through this before you, and there are resources available to help you recover and return to a life as “normal” as possible.
One of the best things survivors and others affected by a sudden cardiac arrest can do is to join a survivor support group. Many report that it has helped them adjust, both emotionally and physically, to their new lives as survivors and if you are in the UK and have been affected by a sudden cardiac arrest you can join our Facebook support group which has many hundreds of survivors, rescuers, partners, medical professionals and many others who all “get it” and will help you recover as best is possible.
Finding other people who’ve been through a similar experience will help with fears and anxiety and provide a forum for you to ask questions to someone who’s already been through this. Sometimes, survivors find that more formal counselling is necessary. If the emotional and mental challenges following your sudden cardiac arrest persist or interfere with your life, talk to a professional. As a member of our Facebook support group you may be eligible for free private counselling.
Sudden cardiac arrest is an impactful event, and learning to thrive after surviving SCA can be a challenging journey. Take steps to reduce your physical risks by working with your medical team. Then make sure your emotional needs are being supported