Why a heart attack and cardiac arrest are not equal

In episode #025 Paul talks about why a hearts attack and a cardiac arrests are not equal.

From a physiological point of view the events are quite different, a heart attack is a plumbing problem whereas a cardiac arrest is an electrical one.

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It should be noted that both need immediate medical attention but a cardiac arrest is perhaps the ultimate medical emergency as without immediate intervention the patient will almost certainly die.

Paul talks briefly about the actual events and then lists 10 reasons why they should not be considered equal.

This is not to undermine or denigrate a heart attack, but to help the uninitiated understand what cardiac arrest survivor and their family may be going through.

For the estimated 60% that have both they may be moot points, but for remaining cohort they can make a real difference.

  1. The severities of a heart attack vs the binary nature of a cardiac arrest.
  2. State of consciousness.
  3. The need for resuscitation.
  4. Finding a cause.
  5. The care pathway.
  6. Lifestyle choices.
  7. The psychological aspect.
  8. Brain injury.
  9. Implanted devices.
  10. Insurance.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded November 2019

Spring bok to work with Willem Pretorius

In episode 24 Paul talks with likeable South African and cardiac arrest survivor Willem Pretorius about his ups and downs post arrest.

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Like an estimated quarter of survivors he lost his job after his event and struggled to get his life back to an even keel.

Willem talks about his struggles, running, occupational therapy sessions and how becoming a member of SCA UK has helped his recovery such that he has recently got himself back into the workforce.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded November 2019

Survivor Jasmine Wylie on LQTS and being a community leader

Paul talks with cardiac arrest survivor Jasmine Wylie who is a patient advocate and online community leader.

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Jasmine talks about her cardiac arrest which was at the young age of 24 and was caused by Long QT Syndrome (LQTS).

She goes over her recovery and some of the things she has learned in the 10 years since her event. She talks about her subsequent work as a patient advocate where she helps others on the road to recovery via online communities and beyond.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded October 2019