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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.

DISCLAIMER: The stories posted are personal stories from people whose lives have been touched by SCAD and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SCAD Research, Inc., as it is information provided by third parties. The information presented here and on the SCAD Research, Inc., website as whole is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice. If you have any complaints about any content, please email scadinfo@scadresearch.org so that we can address any concerns.

Biggest Little SCAD Survivor!

March 24, 2017

On a bright and sunny Thursday in April 2015, my husband and I were about to head off to Monterey for a weekend of racing cyclocross and visiting with friends. We never would have even considered that about 30 minutes before leaving we would be calling 911 instead and heading off to the hospital. I […]

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Gobsmacked!

March 17, 2017

I experienced my S.C.A.D. one month ago today on February the 17th. … a 75 year old fit, active and athletic woman, on the way to the pool with my husband for our three- times -a- week aqua class! We were only two minutes from the local hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada. Within the shortest amount […]

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Blessed Beyond Measures

March 13, 2017

Hello, my name is Martha , I am a 30 year old mother of five beautiful babies ages 1 -14 ….. The day started like any other day I felt normal and didn’t feel nothing different until after dinner. I sat down on the couch and within five minutes I started to feel a warmth […]

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Sharon Kay’s Story

March 10, 2017

My daughter, Sharon Kay was a 33-year-old wife and mother. She was a RN in school to become a nurse practitioner. On Friday, Feb. 24 at 1:45 a.m. we get a phone call from her husband. He says that KK is being transported by ambulance to the hospital for chest pains. Her Dad and I […]

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Still in shock…

February 21, 2017

On September 23rd, 2016 I went to bed feeling fine. I received a text around 11 P.M. so I reached over and looked at my phone, as I laid back in bed there was this surge of pain across my chest. At first I thought it was just from reaching for my phone, but the […]

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GRATEFUL

February 9, 2017

MY NAME IS MICHELE, I AM A MARRIED MOTHER OF 3 BOYS AND MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER ON OCTOBER 6, 2016. IT ALL STARTED ON A SUNDAY MORNING. ALL WAS GOOD WHEN I WOKE UP AND ONCE I STARTED MOVING AROUND GETTING BREAKFAST READY FOR MY KIDS, I FELT LIKE I HAD JUST RAN A […]

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Marfan”s syndrome male

February 3, 2017

Two weeks ago + I had my first of numerous attacks, sending me into the hospital for numerous tests and extended stay. I have to admit the staff were very supportive and helpful. I also admit I’m very afraid of recurring episodes as I had a medium level attack at home. I’m worried about the […]

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My Heart Stopped but I was Blessed

February 2, 2017

I am a 55 year old female with no previous symptoms or problems with my heart, until I had my heart attack on Dec 28, 2016. I was getting ready for work, placed dinner in the crock-pot and was cleaning up when out of the blue I felt a faint but strange sensation between my […]

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What SCAD means to me!!

I am 43 years old SCAD survivor and I am married with 5 wonderful children. On July 20,2016 while out for my morning jog I felt a sudden tight squeeze in the center of my chest. It felt like someone was squeezing my windpipe while standing on my chest. Shortly after I felt intense strain […]

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Life DOES go on

January 24, 2017

Just after my 43rd birthday in January 2013, I spent a week suffering from a stomach virus. I am not sure if the throwing up caused the scad or was a a symptom leading up to several days of minor heart attacks. I was almost sent home from the hospital and once in for observation […]

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