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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor
Has anyone experienced a sudden cardiac arrest and doesn't remember anything about it ?
AHAModerator, May 11, 2021 9:39am EST
Thank you for reaching out to the Support Network. We hope that you find the answers and support you are looking for. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about this, if you haven't already. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional so I can't offer an explanation on whether this is common or not but hopefully other people reply and can offer you some insight into their own experiences.
Please keep us updated.
jerzeycate, May 14, 2021 1:04am EST
5 times in one day. I woke up in ICU with no clue what I was doing there. It was quite disconcerting. How could all of thaat have happened yet I had not one memory of the previous 24 hours. My husband had called the Medics because I didn't seem well. I was in the ambulance about 5 miles from the hospital when my heart first checked out. Although they could not get me resuscitated (I'm told I came lights and sirens with a Police Escort. A Paramedic was straddling me on the stretcher doing CPR). they did get an IV going before we left the house and were able to start the meds right away when I arrested.
In speaking with my medical team I learned that I was given IV meds that literally stipped any memory of the events, of the processes, of the treatments away. This is done because basically being resuscitated hurts like hell. I once woke up when my heart went "wonky" during surgery and they did a precordial thump. Initially they did not know I was awake. Then they saw the tears flowing down my face. To this day (ad that was in 1995 I remember Everything that happen. What was said. What was done. The pain. I can tell the story verbatim.
I'm glad they give us "Magic Drugs" duraing an SCA. I only wish they had some for our loved ones. My husband was never the same again.
NewPacer73, June 2, 2021 11:01am EST
I did, but was revived in the ambulance with CPR. And I've been fine since then. I have an amazing team of cardiologists. You can see I have a pacemaker that has been a huge relief for me. Ten years ago I had open heart surgery at Mayo for cardiomyopathy. That gave me almost ten years of really normal living. The arrest came in 2019 in an ambulance being transported to a hospital for bradycardia passing out issues. I know I had CPR because my ribs were sore for several days. Overall, I think miracles are happening in cardiology. They know so much more now. And procedures are greatly improved. If it scared you, I can tell you that will be gone soon. I felt like I fell asleep and then when I woke up, the paramedic said "oh good, you're back" as he told the driver go through all red lights. When I arrived at the hospital, it was a scene out of Grey's Anatomy. The crash cart was there. At least ten people in the room. I remember looking down at my feet and asking how come my feet are so white. They said, you are very white now, but you are okay. We've got this now. And that was the truth. I stayed in ICU a week. I did not remember the cardiac arrest itself, because it was like I fell asleep. But I remember what went on when I woke up. It's a story you can tell forever. I'm good now, surprised about how good things are going so far, and I am closely monitored by a top notch team. If you have things that bother you along the way, I use the patient portal to report it and they tell me the level of concern, almost always, no concern. That process has given me confidence in being able to stay in communication. If I feel "goofy" I send pacemaker data into the clinic and they tell me what the results are the same day. You will be okay. Whether or not you remember, is not as important as the fact you are here, on this amazing site, getting support and love from people who have been there. Sending cyber hugs.
Ljwright64, June 3, 2021 2:31am EST
Yes! On April 14 I began having stomach pains/digestive issues. I went to my doctor, explained I felt I had alot of bloating and fluid retention..after labs, an er visit, CT scan etc fast forward to May 6...I was still having trouble and it got really intense. My partner began the hour drive to hospital and 10 min down the hwy I passed out. I was holding my head and screaming and then out. He did cpr for 8 min till ambulance arrived. They shocked my heart 3 x. For 3 weeks I had been having symptoms of heart failure. I recall nothing that day as well as a couple weeks prior. Thankful to still be here!