Surviving Sudden Cardiac Death
At 61 years old, I had always been healthy - I exercised, watched my weight and had never smoked. Then, on May 11, 2013, at 1:30 in the morning, I died. Yes, I suffered Sudden Cardiac Death, and I died in my sleep. Luckily, my husband Kirk, heard me making 'gurgling' sounds and I did not respond when he spoke to me. He immediately sprung into action and got me onto the floor and began chest compressions. He called 911, and continued CPR until the EMTs arrived and used a defibrilator to restart my heart. I spent a week in the hospital having tests and found that I had a 100% blockage in the right coronary artery. It was too late to have a stent placed in the artery, so I had a defibrilator implanted in my chest. I am on several medications now, I see my cardiologist regularly, and I still attend aerobics classes. My husband and I both had attended CPR classes about 20 years ago and I am grateful that he knew what to do. I am in the 10% of people who survive sudden cardiac death - I am lucky and happy to be alive and living an active life today!