How meeting others helped my recovery with Ingrid Gardner

In episode #019 of the Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast Paul talks with cardiac arrest survivor Ingrid Gardner.

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Early days and 2 years on

From a nervous start, Ingrid first met others at a SADS UK conference back in 2017, from there she progressed to attending other meeting-ups including the successful Guinness World Record attempt in June 2018.

At the end of September 2019 she played a role in bringing SCA UK to her beautiful home county of Rutland where she was one of the hosts for the #NotAlone event.

Almost 3 years on with fellow survivor Charlotte Pickwick

She talks about her thoughts and motivation for attending the events and what a positive impact it has had on her recovery and life.

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

ICD patient education and advocacy with Doug Rachac

In episode #018 of the Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast Paul talks with Doug Rachac who is a medical device patient educator and advocate.

Prior to his own cardiac issues Doug was a Medtronic employer for many years working in a number of roles including training and education. Doug experienced a number of cardiac related blackouts and subsequently ended up with an ICD being implanted to protect him from further episodes and the possibility of a cardiac arrest.

Since then Doug has left Medtronic to focus on family life and educating patients and industry about what it is like to have an implanted device such as an ICD. He is active on various peer support groups and has his own YouTube channel. Here he covers lots of the common questions ICD owners have, explaining topics in a clear and easy to understand manner.

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 September 2019

Darren Nicholls, from flatline to finish line

In episode #016 Paul talks with cardiac arrest survivor Darren Nicholls.

Whilst during a run as part of the Couch to 5K programme Darren had a cardiac arrest, and ended up spending 3 weeks in hospital and having a triple bypass operation.

On discharge Darren was not content with just completing the Couch to 5K, and over the following months he finds super human strength and determination to complete many sporting challenges.

In July 2019, just 2 1/2 years after his cardiac arrest he got to the start line of the Ironman UK, a gruelling triathlon consisting of a 2.4m swim, 112m bike ride and finishing with a full 26.2m marathon.

Cheered on by a host of family, friends and other supporters the pressure is on.

Can he go from flatline to finishline of one of the most challenging events in the UK?

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 September 2019