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Sgowitt, December 27,  2020  11:11pm EST

Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Vision Problems

My wife, who is only 40 years old, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in her sleep last month. She is very healthy and we were shocked. I woke up to her gasping for air in the middle of the night and called 911. I put her on the floor and immediately began chest compressions until the paramedics arrived. They shocked her 4-5 times and brought her back. Once she arrived in the hospital they began hypothermia therapy and she woke up 3 days later.

Memory is great, physically she is great, and she is making a full recovery. The only lingering issue is her vision.  She has good days and bad days. She has trouble reading long texts and struggles in busy situations like at target or Walmart. I cannot seem to find much information about this and the doctors just shrug their shoulders. 

has anyone else experienced this after their event?  Is it temporary?  Anything we can do to improve it?

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    AHAModerator, December 29,  2020  7:36pm EST

    I'm sorry that this happened to your wife, but I'm so happy to hear that she's recovering! As you read advice from others on this forum I recommend continuing to raise these concerns with her doctors, and I can also share some resources to help you learn more about Cardiac Arrest.

    Best wishes,
    The AHA Team

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