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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.

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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The shock of SCAD

June 21, 2018

I am a 51 year old mother of 3 grown sons and granny of 1 beautiful 6 month old granddaugher. My husband and I own a Professional Land Surveying business in Ontario, Canada. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 11 years ago and told I was probably going to be in a wheelchair in 4 […]

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I never saw this coming…

June 6, 2018

I am a 59 year old fit, active, healthy woman who experienced a SCAD event. I awoke in the morning later than usual at 0830 (2 weeks ago) getting ready to play tennis but felt just a little unwell. I had a bit of pressure through my back and shoulders and felt nausea. Also felt […]

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2 weeks in my new Survivor Suit

June 3, 2018

51 yr old mother of 3 grown sons, happily married for 32 years to my best friend and business partner, a heart attack was the furthest thing on my mind. I had been diagnosed with a mild form of multiple sclerosis 11 years ago and managed to remain healthy and active, without even so much […]

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Dinner to remember

May 29, 2018

I had gone out for dinner with my family after a day of shopping. Just as our food came I started feeling sick and had pains im my armpits. I felt like my chest was open. I went to the toilet and started vomiting. The restaurant staff sat me in the hallway with a bucket. […]

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My Second Story

May 26, 2018

It’s been a while since I wrote about SCAD. Life after SCAD has changed for new survivors, it’s a whole new world since my episode. My first story started after the birth of my 3rd child, on January 4, 1994. I was 33 years old, a mother of 3 children, what should have been one […]

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My SCAD Story

May 10, 2018

I suffered a heart attack Friday morning 04/13/18 while at work. The pain on my chest was intense. I drove myself to the hospital and after an ECG, I was rushed by ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital. I had an angiogram and doctors found a long tear in one of my arteries and said that […]

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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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