Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

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.

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

My story – Living in Fear!!

January 3, 2017

50 year old female. No previous heart condition. Extreme stress prior to scad event 8/31/2016. Had heart attack with some heart damage. Had 4 stents put in my right coronary artery. I had no idea. It struck that morning out of the blue like lightning. Live in Oklahoma and the two cardiologists I’ve seen seem […]

read more

How Does This Happen!!!

January 2, 2017

Hi My name is Lorie. I am a 54 year old menopausal woman. I work out 5 days a week and eat very clean. No history of heart disease in my family. Just been discharged on Friday Dec 30/16, from CCU from a SCAD diagnosis. Underwent an angiogram, no blockages present. Now suffering from phlebitis […]

read more

SCAD 3 months after partial hysterectomy at age 40

I am blessed to say I am a SCAD survivor at age 40 it hit me like lightning striking. I was a healthy 40 year old mom of 3 children ages 12, 9 and 7 at the time. Exercised my whole life, no high blood pressure no high cholesterol. But I did have a lot […]

read more

Scared SCAD after 4 MI’s and 7 stents

December 30, 2016

Hi – I’m Angela. My story seems to be similar in some ways to others I’ve read here. On Labor Day weekend, CT was having a heat wave. I was looking forward to the last few days’ use of our pool. But on Friday, after a mid-day walk with my friends at work, I suddenly […]

read more