Approximately 40,000 people survive SCA in the US annually.
For many survivors and their families, leaving the hospital after experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest can be an unsettling experience.
For instance, many survivors receive an implantable cardiovertor (ICD) to prevent future fatal arrhythmias and may have multiple concerns related to the device.
Survivors also commonly deal with memory loss or delayed recall. Forgetfulness and/or a reduced ability to comprehend or problem-solve can lead to increased stress, anxiety, anger and depression. But they can be managed.
Read our guide for more details and a listing of basic needs upon hospital discharge.
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Sharing Best Practices
Survivors play an integral role in educating the public about sudden cardiac arrest.
- Sharing survivor stories can have powerful influence and can be leveraged to challenge the public to learn CPR and place AEDs in their neighborhoods.
- Increase awareness of SCA through appearances, media interviews and fundraisers. Funds raised can be used to purchase AEDs for local businesses or churches.
- Survivors can take an active role in providing CPR training and in encouraging citizens to provide bystander CPR.
- Survivor groups can provide assistance to community groups who wish to purchase and place AEDs.