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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.

Triathlete with Scad

November 17, 2017

Aged 41 male, non smoker, non drinker and very lean. No family history of heart trouble. Extremely fit. Doing olympic distance triathlon, finished 6th out of 170 participants. Conditions on the day where very hot for the Uk and race ended up longer than advertised. Felt sweaty, nauseous and ‘indigestion’ type pain 30 minutes after […]

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My Story – Cardiac Recovery Nurse & SCAD Survivor

October 11, 2017

On November 23, 2010, I noticed I had a right sided facial droop while brushing my teeth, and couldn’t hold water in my mouth. I showed my husband, who brought me to the ER. This was not the beginning of my story, though. I am a registered nurse, actually a cardiovascular RN, since 2005. My […]

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2 SCADs in 16 months

September 19, 2017

In May 2016 I had a heart event that was diagnosed Tako Tsubo cardiomyopathy. On Aug 24, 2017 I had another heart attack with severe chest pain and pain down both arms. I was out for a short walk when this occurred. I quickly walked back to the Health Center where I work and the […]

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SCAD Survivor-Thanks to God and My Angels

September 12, 2017

On July 29th, 2017, I was diagnosed with SCAD. On Aug 1, 2017 I spent my 54th birthday in the hospital, and I can say I couldn’t of been more happy to spend it there, considering the alternative. My husband and I were on a weekend get away on the Oregon Coast in a little […]

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I thought i had heartburn

September 1, 2017

Friday February 13, 2015- I was a 48 year old fit and healthy mother of 4 and one night I had “heartburn” took some tums and went to bed 2 days later it came back and all day I tried to get rid of it with antacids to no avail. After work I went shopping, […]

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Know the Signs

August 28, 2017

In the spring of 2014 my 33 year old daughter, Bronwyn, had a two week old baby boy and began complaining of indigestion and shortness of breath. The discomfort would ease but then return. She had some other complaints and because I have heart problems myself, I asked her if her jaw hurt too. When […]

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Not just Gas !

Sunday morning coffee, start to get up for another cup and have a dull, constant pain across my shoulder blades and upper chest . After waiting 2 to 3 minutes without any relief we call 911. Thank goodness we didn’t wait any longer. After a heart cath and angiogram it was determined it was SCAD. […]

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Out of the Blue

August 21, 2017

Hiya, I am older than most SCAD people. I am 57, and was reasonably fit and healthy. I was on no medications for anything. One day I took a walk up in the hills, about an hour or so. It is a regular walk I take, a bit steep in places, but not too tough. […]

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August 16, 2017

I’ve been a long distance runner for 30 years and a cross country/track coach for 24 years. I estimate that I have run 80,000 miles in my lifetime. I’ve never had a poor checkup and considered myself (until now) as extremely healthy man. I teach and coach in the Kinesiology, Health, Nutrition, and Athletics department […]

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I’m really Weird!

August 14, 2017

Just home from an aerobics class I felt a little chest pain. I walked upstairs and my left arm hurt a little. I Googled that and it said to get to the hospital. It didn’t hurt much so I had dinner first :). Then my wife took me to the ER. I had slightly elevated […]

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