Awareness during a sudden cardiac arrest

Last week I attended a strategy day at Essex Air Ambulance which was the first of several they were holding to ensure their service was the best it could possibly be.  The first of these focused on out of hospital cardiac arrests, of which makes up 40% of their missions.  I was honoured to be asked to tell my story as the opener of the session especially as one of the paramedics who saved my life was attending.   It was great to give him a hug again and catch up, especially as the last time I met him I was a bit of an emotional wreck!

Anyway, during the course of the afternoon a question was put to me that I didn’t really feel able to answer as I have no memory of my cardiac arrest or the time around it.  So, I put the question to the group to see what the response would be.

The question was as follows:

“As a survivor, were you aware of what was happening to you during your SCA?”

134 members responded to the poll, which had the options of Yes, No and Maybe.  The results are displayed below and as you’ll see most survivors were totally oblivious to it all, which is probably a good thing.

Age at first SCA poll

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!