SCA Survivor Matthew Wood: Capturing Your Own Death on Camera, Meeting Those Who Saved You, and Much More

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Matthew Wood had a cardiac arrest at home. Luckily, his partner heard something and immediately jumped into action.

Timestamps of this episode:

  • Intro 00:0002:52
  • Having a heart attack 02:5209:42
  • Having your own cardiac arrest on camera 09:4214:20
  • Why they think Matthew had a cardiac arrest 14:2017:28
  • How Matthew is feeling today 17:2819:09
  • Putting together the pieces of what happened 19:0922:08
  • Getting an ICD and living with it 22:0825:27
  • Support the Heart Warrior Project 25:2727:10
  • How life has changed for Matthew 27:1030:50
  • Meeting the people who saved you 30:5037:40
  • What his cardiologist could have told him sooner/what Matthew wished he had discovered sooner 37:4049:40
  • Dealing with all that happened to us and for the ones who love us 48:3053:00
  • Jellis’s experience of getting a shock for the first time 53:0058:14
  • The love-hate relationship with an ICD 58:141:00:13
  • What helps Matthew in moments when he feels down 1:00:131:03:03
  • Things that are difficult to communicate to the people around Matthew 1:03:031:06:22
  • Suffering is far worse than death 1:06:221:07:00
  • You never know what someone is going through 1:07:001:09:43
  • Last tips and pieces of advice from Matthew to fellow SCA survivors 1:09:431:13:17
  • Outro 1:13:171:13:53
  • Support the Heart Warrior Project 1:13:531:14:52

Note that The Heart Warrior Project is run by one guy, which is, yes, me.

Like most people, I have bills to pay.

If you have found or come to find anything helpful or insightful here on the website, please consider supporting The Heart Warrior Project.

If you are a survivor, I would recommend buying either a Heart Warrior t-shirt or a Heart Warrior mug—or both!

I, together with an illustrator, created the design for them (and we’re working on more cool designs to come). 

Both the t-shirt and the mug are made from durable and quality materials, and don’t they look just great?! Of course, these are just suggestions, but I do not think you will regret having them.

I personally love wearing the t-shirt myself. And I drink my coffee every day out of my Heart Warrior mug

If the t-shirt or mug doesn’t speak to you, there are a few other ways to support The Heart Warrior Project:

  • BUY ME A COFFEE: If you think I deserve a coffee for the work I put into this project, you can support me with a virtual coffee on Ko-fi. What will I do with the proceeds? Well, due to my heart disease, I won’t be enjoying a cup myself. Instead, I’ll channel the funds into further project development. Anything, even as little as €2, can help me to keep this project alive.
  • AFFILIATE LINKS: If there are any links to a product mentioned in an article or podcast episode and you are interested in buying it, consider doing so through the provided link. Likely, it will be an affiliate link. What is an affiliate link, you ask? Basically, it is a link where I could earn a small commission if someone buys the product through that link. Buying through this link will not cost you anything extra.
  • SPREAD THE WORD: If you like what I am doing here, you could always simply spread the word about this project to anyone you think might benefit. It would help a lot.

Choosing any of these ways to support this project will truly help me a lot in putting out more content and building The Heart Warrior Project further.

Many thanks, 


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