Since 1993

Based around the testimony of a Cardiac Arrest survivor and their partner this production examines the physiological impact of Cardiac Arrest survivorship both on those affected and their close family. The Cardiology team at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, part of the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust outline the techniques employed in the successful rehabilitation of cardiac arrest patients and examine the psychological impact of survivorship.

The production is targeted to help members of the public who've experienced Cardiac Arrest, either direct or indirectly understand the treatment pathway and the likely consequences of suffering a Cardiac Arrest.

The video contains information on the following areas of treatment and diagnosis:

  1. The immediate post arrest treatment pathway
  2. Transfer to ICU (intensive care unit)
  3. Delirium associated with post resuscitation induced coma
  4. The physiological and psychological impact of suffering a cardiac arrest
  5. Transferring to a normal ward and recovery
  6. Beginning rehabilitation
  7. Going home and adapting to new circumstances

The production demonstrates the successful implementation of a post Cardiac Arrest treatment pathway from pre hospital/emergency room treatment through to cardiology centre transfer and recovery care.  This is an amazing insight into the NHS and the fantastic care that can now be provided by world-class health care providers.

Please be aware we cannot accept emails regarding diagnosis of heart conditions or other health related problems. If you have any health concerns please contact your local healthcare provider.

Next Steps...

Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK

If you've been affected by a cardiac arrest you may be interested in joining the UK support group for survivors and their families

Life After Cardiac Arrest book

A compilation of articles from members of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK, featuring work from survivors, partners and life savers.  They have been brought together and published as a paperback and e-book and is available through the Amazon Kindle bookstore.

Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast

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.

Available vis Spotify, iTunes, Tune In, iHeart Radio and your favourite podcast player.


The cardiac charity SADS UK aims to save lives, providing information, funding research and medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac death

Guinness World Record

Proving that there is indeed life after cardiac arrest, 127 cardiac arrest survivors gathered together with the help of the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK and SADS UK to create a world record of the largest gathering of survivors