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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.

Never healed…

December 8, 2018

2 and a half years ago or so, I remember having the chest pain; the heart attack. I was only 26. There were a series of them over the course of a week and then vanished. I had recently left my partner and had 3 young children I was raising. My youngest being only 6 […]

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SCAD the unknown monster

December 3, 2018

On 14 Nov 2018 I had felt huge pressure on the front and back of my left chest with excruciating pain radiating towards left shoulder and to left arm. This was the third episode. I was diagnosed with SCAD. On 10th Nov 2018 morning I had experienced the first episode which resolved after an hour […]

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Close Call After Exercise

October 28, 2018

I am an otherwise very healthy 51 year old male that exercises regularly and eats well most of the time. My exercise routine had been pretty intense and consisted of about 2 hours of continuous exercise 3 days per week. My day started with a small cup of coffee and a Clif Bar as I […]

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Becoming a patient SCAD Patient

September 21, 2018

I must admit that it’s hard to slow down and become a patient – Patient. I have been very active all my life. My family tease me and say that I had Energizer batteries in me. Since my diagnosis of a heart attack on August 30, 2018 I realize I need to make changes in […]

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3% chance of survival

September 19, 2018

On October 25th, 2014, I started having pain in my chest and heavy arms while making my bed. After suffering 4 hours, I drove myself to the hospital where they diagnosed me with having had a heart attack. They rushed me to a hospital an hour away and tried to manage my heart attack with […]

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My SCAD Survivor Stories

August 28, 2018

It is beyond difficult to begin writing about the most scariest events of my life. I tried sharing my story on the “Go Red For Women” website in 2014 after my first STEMI. I just couldn’t finish. Not sure what is different now, other than I REALLY feel the need to spread awareness. I also […]

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Damn Chickens!

August 25, 2018

About 7 years ago I was in the woods splitting wood when all of a sudden I felt like i had just run 10 miles in the cold air. Suddenly my arms and chest began to ache and I could barely move my feet. I struggled out of the woods to my car, drove home […]

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My journey

August 19, 2018

April 9 2018 my life changed forever. I live in a small town in North Dakota called Lisbon and I work at our hospital as a Patient Access employee. On that day I kinda remember taking kids to school and having a normal day. From what Ive been told I stood up and told my […]

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healing miracle

On Tuesday 8/14/18 i felt chest pressure beneath my left breast. It was deep, unlike anything I had ever felt. EMT determined my BP was not elevated and they didn’t think I was experiencing a heart attack. They took me to the ER. They ruled out a blood clot, and troponin level was .04 I […]

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SCAD, Heart Attack and Fibromuscular Dysplasia

July 8, 2018

I am an otherwise healthy woman of 59. All was well until I awoke on June 26, 2018 with sudden chest pain, that quickly radiated to my left shoulder, down my arm, to my fingertips. Initially, I felt it was just a passing oddity, but moments later, I felt an overwhelming sense of doom, followed […]

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