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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.

What Did You Do Wrong?

April 15, 2018

I’m a healthy 60 year old wedding and party decorator. Every year I provide centerpieces for a big gala that raises money for a Foundation that provides support to incoming freshmen at college who may be contemplating suicide. It’s a worthy cause and I usually do 50-100 centerpieces, with the help of volunteers, depending on […]

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Torn Hearts and Lives Changed Forever

February 22, 2018

Mom, Nana, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt, Niece, Cousin, Friend, Encourager…and so much more. That was my mom.. She lived a full life before passing away suddenly on August 2, 2000 at the age of 46. Her cause of death revealed by an autopsy, SCAD. It was a beautiful August day. She spent it doing […]

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Lucky Mom

February 19, 2018

In 2010 I was having this terrible burning in my chest. I’d had bronchitis so I just thought it was from being sick for a couple of months. Then one night as I walked upstairs to put my four year old son to bed, I collapsed and was struggling to breathe. So being a nurse, […]

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My SCAD Story

February 18, 2018

Hello my name is Laura and this is my story. On May 22, 2016, my husband and I were at the beach and wanted to see our youngest son for a few moments before he returned to a weekend long beach festival. We brought he and his friends a bag of biscuits for breakfast because […]

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“Christmas Miracle”

My name is Monica. I am 31 years old and I had a massive heart attack December 19th 2017. The attack came eight weeks after having my first baby, and a long stressful year. One day while shoveling snow I began having shortness of breath. I felt like I had been breathing cold air for […]

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I’m Too Young!

Hi my first experience with SCAD was at the age of 32. I was at church leading the choir I noticed I was having a dull aching pain in my left arm then I started sweating bad and then my chest was hurting bad. But I thought to myself, no it couldn’t be. “I’m Too […]

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61 year old scad survivor of 6 years

My husband and I were building a rock wall the day before I had chest pain. I have always been physically active , normal weight, had normal blood pressure, good cholesterol and to this day my parents are alive and well in their mid 90’s. I went to the ER and had the usual EKG […]

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Very Lucky

January 22, 2018

My older brother died in 2014 at the age of 51 of a heart attack. He displayed no known symptoms leading up to his death and died in a hotel while working out of town.He was muscular and at a healthy weight. Following his death I made two visits to a cardiologist for full exams […]

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Severe Heart Failure at 27

January 15, 2018

Hello, I am new to all this and had no idea I could even be worrying about the state of my heart at such a ypung age up until about a month ago.. For the last 5 years every time I have gotten a flu it would turn into pneumonia and I thought maybe that […]

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Stubborn For The Work Of The Lord

December 17, 2017

I am 50 female. No children. Never smoked. Never drank alcohol nor street drugs. This is in reference to the stubborn lady who loves the fall. I too am stubborn. October 2001 I was a 33 young lady. I got up on Sunday morning as I always do to get ready for church. Went to […]

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