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Voices of SCAD

Experiencing a life-changing event such as a SCAD, has a huge impact on those who had the SCAD as well as their families and friends. Finding a lack of information about an uncommon and poorly understood condition can be difficult and may add to the strains of recovery. Reading others stories can be an enormous help.

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August 15, 2019

I have watched videos and read stories from other SCAD survivors and what stands out to me is how different each of our stories are, there may be a few common threads, but our symptoms are varied. One common thread throughout is disbelief. I was 58 at the time of my SCAD, I was under […]

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Never Saw THIS coming!

July 21, 2019

I am a healthy, 54 year old mother of three awesome adult kids (and one son-in-law), who has been married to the same great guy for 33 years, and is working as a piano teacher and a PT Admin Assistant. Two and a half years ago I had a total knee replacement and lost 50 […]

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Am I a statistic?

June 20, 2019

March 19, 2019 – Like most stories here, the daily routine is normal until something just isn’t right. My morning routine starts with a cup of coffee and then 25 minutes on the rowing machine. This time I felt a pain in my chest which I thought was a pulled muscle until the pain spread […]

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Scad survivor mother of two

July 13th 2019 I decided to go to bed without a shower due to feeling so tired that night, I fell asleep within minutes however I kept waking up due to extreme thirst I could quench my thirst I must have woke up 4-5 times that night drinking huge glasses of water. The next day […]

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Grandparents day

I was in Big Bear alone in my cabin when I ran up the stairs and felt pressure. I called 911and paramedics took me to emergency where I went into full cardiac arrest. I was given t p a and helicoptered to Loma Linda hospital where I had a stent. That was 22 years ago. […]

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My SCAD event

May 31, 2019

To begin with I had a double mastectomy in February and was a couple of visits away from being through with the expansion process and then final surgery. However, on April 2 I was having really bad pain between my shoulder blades and tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. I really thought it […]

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14th may 2019 went to work as normal but just didn’t feel ok. I have lbbb had it for 20 years angina and Feb 2018 in kicked Afib oh fun. So when in May I was told about a scad I was confused. Seems I’ve added it to the list. Blessed though I am it’s […]

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The day my life changed

May 6, 2019

I am a 51 year old female. On 2 Nov 2018, I finished work and contacted a friend to take the dogs for a walk. I headed to my friends house in a nearby suburb. I was playing with my dog and felt an unusual sudden sensation in both my cheeks, I was rubbing my […]

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42 years old

April 16, 2019

happened when I was traveling, about 3 days ahead of the flight I felt pressure on my chest about couples hours a days, when I get into the plane during the flight for 5 hours I feel heavy and pressure on my chest the whole time, beside pressure on chest my heart rate and other […]

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SCAD survivor

March 29, 2019

October 25th was a normal morning. I got up to a quiet morning as usual. got ready for work and was just about to head out the door when I felt a heaviness in my chest. My first thought was gas. I started making myself burp to try to relieve the pressure. when that didn’t […]

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