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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.

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Out of nowhere

January 1, 2020

I am 63 years old, two children, married 38 years. I am an RN, used to work med/surg but now work PACU in an out patient ambulatory facility. Only history is high blood pressure, under control with meds, and a bit overweight. I work hard and although overweight I felt I was in pretty good […]

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34 weeks Pregnant

December 14, 2019

I am 3 weeks 4 days post SCAD. At 29 years old, 34 weeks pregnant, and no family history of heart issues etc, I had a heart attack. I was having a regular weekend washing clothes getting the house ready for the upcoming week. That evening I noticed I was short of breath but was […]

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Can’t Belive this Happened to Me

November 10, 2019, started out like most days. Up by 0115 hours, hit the gym for an hour and a half and then off to work by 0430 hours. I felt really good after my workout and even indulged in a donut someone had brought to work. I am a 52 year old male in […]

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Emotional stress

September 6, 2019

My SCAD, almost a year ago (in a few weeks) was preceded by an extreme emotional event. Hours later, I had a feeling of indigestion, so I took two Tums. That feeling of indigestion only got worse and shortly thereafter, within another 3-4 minutes, I felt a burning sensation in my throat (like acid reflux) […]

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SCAD @ 29 and Postpartum

August 25, 2019

Hi there, I am 29 years old and about 8 weeks post SCAD’s. I was 10 days postpartum with my third son when I woke up to crushing chest pain, numb left arm and excessive sweating. My husband is a physician and rushed us to the ER, I was in the cath lab within minutes […]

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Disbelief

August 15, 2019

I have watched videos and read stories from other SCAD survivors and what stands out to me is how different each of our stories are, there may be a few common threads, but our symptoms are varied. One common thread throughout is disbelief. I was 58 at the time of my SCAD, I was under […]

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Never Saw THIS coming!

July 21, 2019

I am a healthy, 54 year old mother of three awesome adult kids (and one son-in-law), who has been married to the same great guy for 33 years, and is working as a piano teacher and a PT Admin Assistant. Two and a half years ago I had a total knee replacement and lost 50 […]

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Am I a statistic?

June 20, 2019

March 19, 2019 – Like most stories here, the daily routine is normal until something just isn’t right. My morning routine starts with a cup of coffee and then 25 minutes on the rowing machine. This time I felt a pain in my chest which I thought was a pulled muscle until the pain spread […]

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Scad survivor mother of two

July 13th 2019 I decided to go to bed without a shower due to feeling so tired that night, I fell asleep within minutes however I kept waking up due to extreme thirst I could quench my thirst I must have woke up 4-5 times that night drinking huge glasses of water. The next day […]

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Grandparents day

I was in Big Bear alone in my cabin when I ran up the stairs and felt pressure. I called 911and paramedics took me to emergency where I went into full cardiac arrest. I was given t p a and helicoptered to Loma Linda hospital where I had a stent. That was 22 years ago. […]

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