51 episodes

The Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast is hosted by survivor Paul Swindell and is conversations with people who's lives have been affected by a cardiac arrest, whether that be as a patient, partner, life saver or health professional. The podcast aims to give insight, information and hope to any others going through this life changing event.
A cardiac arrest is when someone's heart stops beating due to an electrical malfunction, it's different to a heart attack, which is a "plumbing" problem, although many cardiac arrests are caused by a heart attack.
Someone in cardiac arrest could be said to be clinically dead, and if no intervention is made they will unfortunately stay that way and die. In the UK only 8% survive this event, and with an estimated 250 taking place each day there is a growing number of survivors.
A thriving peer support community - Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK - has grown out of the need for more information and help for survivors and their families post discharge. The NHS and chain of survival are doing remarkable things in helping people survive but unfortunately the system hasn't yet caught up with the problems that survivors and their families are experiencing after this life changing event.
If you have been affected by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, come and join over a thousand others at:
facebook.com/groups/SuddenCardiacArrestUK

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The Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast is hosted by survivor Paul Swindell and is conversations with people who's lives have been affected by a cardiac arrest, whether that be as a patient, partner, life saver or health professional. The podcast aims to give insight, information and hope to any others going through this life changing event.
A cardiac arrest is when someone's heart stops beating due to an electrical malfunction, it's different to a heart attack, which is a "plumbing" problem, although many cardiac arrests are caused by a heart attack.
Someone in cardiac arrest could be said to be clinically dead, and if no intervention is made they will unfortunately stay that way and die. In the UK only 8% survive this event, and with an estimated 250 taking place each day there is a growing number of survivors.
A thriving peer support community - Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK - has grown out of the need for more information and help for survivors and their families post discharge. The NHS and chain of survival are doing remarkable things in helping people survive but unfortunately the system hasn't yet caught up with the problems that survivors and their families are experiencing after this life changing event.
If you have been affected by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, come and join over a thousand others at:
facebook.com/groups/SuddenCardiacArrestUK

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    #050 The good samaritan with Professor Mark Wilson

    #050 The good samaritan with Professor Mark Wilson

    In episode 50, the season 2 finale, Paul talks with Professor Mark Wilson who is qualified in both neurology and pre-hospital care and works at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. He is also the co-founder of the GoodSAM platform and app and this is what we talk about today.
    Professor Wilson takes us through the inception of the platforma as a way to reduce deaths from cardiac arrest and it's take-up by many across the UK and further afield. The platform has gained additional services and responsibilities and is being used to manage the NHS Coronavirus Volunteer responders programme.
    In just a few years the GoodSAM team have built an enviable platform and reputation and Professor Wilson takes us through what it can do to help those in cardiac arrest and beyond.
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    Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.
    Recorded June 2020.

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    • 32 min
    #049 Saving my father with Mark Holt

    #049 Saving my father with Mark Holt

    Paul talks to son and lifesaver Mark Holt about his father's cardiac arrest in a remote Lake District pub. Mark takes us through the event that occurred soon after his seemingly fit and healthy father had completed a run and a walk up the Old Man of Coniston. Mark talks about his work as a carer and how the experience of doing CPR in a medical environment differs from doing it on a family member far away from a hospital. He talks about how it has affected him and his family, his dad's recovery and how a previous stranger's cardiac arrest effectively saved his dad's life.
    Presented and edited by Paul Swindell
    Recorded in June 2020

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    • 48 min
    #048 Predicting patient outcomes with Professor Tobias Cronberg

    #048 Predicting patient outcomes with Professor Tobias Cronberg

    Paul talks with consultant neurologist Professor Tobias Cronberg from Lund University in Sweden on predicting how patients will do after they have had a cardiac arrest.
    If you listened to episode #044 you will know that Professor Cronberg has a deep interest in brain injury after a cardiac arrest and recently The Lancet published a major review he led into the current state of this subject from prognostication through to rehabilitation.
    This episode focuses on the prognostication aspect and Professor Cronberg gives us some insights into the tools and techniques that are used and the whys and hows of decisions that are made when reasoning on the possible outcomes.
    Please be warned that this may be a difficult episode for some to listen to as the professor talks about the stark realities of surviving a cardiac arrest even if you get to the hospital alive.
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    Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.
    Recorded June 2020. 

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    • 59 min
    #047 ICD Owners 101

    #047 ICD Owners 101

    Paul talks about a device that many sudden cardiac arrest survivors have implanted, an ICD - Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.
    This episode is an introduction (or "101") into the sorts of things that those with an ICD should be aware of. He covers what an ICD is and why you might have one, what they do and what some of the things to be aware of.
    Packed full of tips and useful information around this device that is becoming more and more common.
    An episode for anyone with an ICD whether they've had a cardiac arrest or not.
    Resources mentioned in the episode:
    ICD Precautions
    ICD Shocks
    ICD Sounds
    ICD Protection
    ICD Electro Magnetic Compatibility
    ICD Support Centre Locator
    Ask The ICD
    Doug Rachac ICD YouTube Channel
    Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.
    Recorded June 2020

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    • 38 min
    #046 Magnesium for ectopics and palpitations with Dr Sanjay Gupta

    #046 Magnesium for ectopics and palpitations with Dr Sanjay Gupta

    Paul talks with consultant cardiologist Dr Sanjay Gupta on a supplement that he's found to be beneficial for cardiac patients who experience ectopics and palpitations. And that supplement is Magnesium and in this episode Dr Gupta takes us through what ectopics and palpitations are and why he recommends taking magnesium for them. He talks about the various types of magnesium available and which ones to buy and which ones to avoid. There's lots of great help if you are experiencing ectopics or palpitations or just want to know a little more about what goes on in your heart. Another essential listen from this popular YouTube cardiologist.
    Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.
    Recorded March 2020.

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    • 25 min
    #045 The ultimate survivor with Jonathan Jenkyn

    #045 The ultimate survivor with Jonathan Jenkyn

    Paul talks with the very remarkable Jonathan Jenkyn who has not only survived a sudden cardiac arrest, but also a potentially fatal kidney condition and he has recently beaten an aggressive form of cancer.
    Jonathan maybe extremely unlucky in having had the Grim Reaper have 3 attempts at him, and although he defeated this wiley foe he did not escape entirely unscathed from the experiences.
    However, he is wiser and more upbeat than many and has a positive outlook and attitude to life that many of us would do well to take note of. He takes us through both his cancer and cardiac arrest experiences, his running, his loss of ability to play the guitar, the benefits of giving back and he imparts some very interesting information about ICD's along the way.
    He also compares the two experiences and the impact that they have had on him and his family.
    An amazing story of survival, told in an eloquent and engaging way from someone who has earned the right to the accolade of "the ultimate survivor."
    An essential listen to survivors of all types and beyond!
    P.S. A few days after recording this episode Jonathan fulfilled one of his bucket list by recording a song with his daughter and he released it on Youtube, it's rather good and will inspire all those who may have lost some musical ability after an event like an SCA.
    Presented and edited by Paul Swindell.
    Recorded May 2020

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    • 1 hr 39 min

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Easy to listen too

Having a partner that had a SCA, you soon come to learn quickly that life isn’t going to be same (certainly, straight after the event) I didn’t find out about SCA Facebook page until 7 months afterwards and it was relief to know that I wasn’t alone.

Even 7 months down the line, recovery is still taking place, but you become more aware of the new challenges that you face and I appreciate that every person is different and not one size fits all and sometimes having the time to take time out to read and research isn’t always an option. To discover these podcasts relating to SCA was a blessing!

I’m loving these podcasts and they’re so easy to listen too!

Thank you so much for these superb and relaxed informative talks, it helps me gain a much more better understanding, they answer questions without realising you were looking for an answer (that sounds weird, but I know what I mean) makes you think even more outside the box and like me it could be just that one comment that makes the jigsaw fit better together.

YvonneS66 ,

Travelling post cardiac arrest

Really helpful and Paul covers all aspects of potential concern for travel post CA. We are very frequent travellers and it’s left me feeling really positive for future travel with my husband whose recently had a cardiac arrest, thank you Paul ♥️

Alive and Kicking ❤️ ,

Life after cardiac arrest . Darren Nichols from flatline to finish line.

Another fantastic podcast from Paul Swindell .
Darren Nichols is a truly inspirational survivor of sudden cardiac arrest and this podcast highlights his emotional journey from the life changing cardiac arrest itself to successfully completing an iron man challenge in 2018.
Darren makes you realise that when you are given a second chance at life you should grab it with both hands and cherish every opportunity you are faced with.

Catriona Guiver

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