Thursday Jun 01, 2023

Surviving cardiac arrest

Simon Henley was on a video call with his manager when he suddenly disappeared from the screen. He had fallen to the floor with a cardiac arrest. Not to be confused with an acute myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest is usually fatal, requiring a defibrillator and immediate CPR to revive the patient. On this episode, Simon tells his harrowing story, one with a touch of the miraculous, in how he survived those crucial first minutes and embarked on the road to recovery.


Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Senior Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality



Simon Henley, MBA, CMBB

Director, Global Market Growth

Defibrillator Solutions


Show Notes:

[00:34] Simon’s background

[01:08] An avid runner

[01:32] The call

[03:06] Every minute a cardiac arrest goes untreated drops survival rate by 10%

[04:06] No previous symptoms

[05:40] Rehabilitation

[06:38] Dealing with emotions and with recurring cardiac events

[10:02] Changed perspective

[10:55] No guarantees

Links | Resources:
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Sudden cardiac arrest: symptoms and causes (Mayo Clinic): Click here

Heart attack and cardiac arrest (American Heart Association): Click here

Cardiac care management (Medtronic): Click here

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