A recent poll in the facebook group asked “at what age did you have your first sudden cardiac arrest?” Nearly 100 respondants gave their answers and they can be viewed in the following chart below
From looking at the chart it’s obvious that mid-life is the prime time for a sudden cardiac arrest to strike, although it is rather scarey that 15% of respondants were young people under the age of 30!
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.