Whatever the cause, a cardiac arrest is a serious and quite common medical emergency. Currently, the UK survival rate is quite low, around 8%, but for those that do survive the outcome is generally good; neurological disability is uncommon, and most survivors report a good physical recovery. However, despite the generally good outcomes we now know that many survivors experience fatigue, mild memory problems, challenges in returning to work, and difficulties with anxiety, low mood, and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
With this leaflet, we look at some of the common issues and provide some answers and reassurance on what to expect.
This is one of a collection of resources developed for us and are available on our publications page.
You can flick through the pdf below or download it here.SCA_Mental-Health-Wellbeing-booklet_v2i
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.