Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Voices of SCAD Written Stories

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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March 31, 2021

One day while on job in morning it all changed with center chest pain and being breathless I knew trouble hit. Went to ER immediately. I’m 63 yrs old and was in good health and active on a good diet. I had issues shortness of breath couple years chalked it up to slight asthma. Then […]

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Chest pain denial

March 22, 2021

I am a 55 y/o female with a past medical history of gastrointestinal reflux. I am active, work full time, exercise regularly and I have played beach volleyball since high school. Because of my reflux I have believed all of my life that I have esophageal spasms. I have had episodes of severe chest pain […]

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My SCAD Story – Written by Julie

January 6, 2021

My SCAD Story Event Date 11/14/2020 Written 1/5/2021 You never really know how much time you have until its gone. Since the time of my Dad’s sudden death over 20 years ago, I have tried to live each day as if it were my last. But sitting in my hospital bed after being moved from […]

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November 8, 2020

I am a 48 year old who exercises regularly but has also been battling a tendon injury for the last 2 years, which has been frustrating. A friend loaned me her Peloton to use to manage stress at home (my mom had a stroke and I was caring for her). It was life changing, and […]

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Knowing our bodies

October 17, 2020

I have been struggling with weight gain and hormones since having my third and fourth child at 40 and 42. But that was three years ago. I was finding my groove again. Working out. Eating well. A busy mom of four, enjoying my career and family. August 18, 2020 I was tired. I still went […]

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S.C.A.D. : My New Challenge

October 7, 2020

On September 2nd, 2020, I had a life-altering experience. I had a heart attack. As I continue to recover physically, I’m still trying to wrap my head around what just happened to me. I’m a 58 year old woman with no history of heart disease in my family. I do not have plaque-clogged arteries, no […]

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Life changes in the blink of an eye

September 9, 2020

My SCAD was on August 24. Crazy how 1 day you are walking 2-3 miles and the next day in the hospital with a heart attack. I really did all the wrong things when I experienced my chest pain because I figured it was something else and I didn’t have time to deal with that […]

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A Full Heart…..

July 25, 2020

I was playing tennis on a beautiful summer day, when I started experiencing pain in my chest and left arm. I played a bit more until my tennis partner noticed I didn’t look well. We sat in the shade and after 15 minutes the pain subsided. I resumed playing but immediately the pain returned. I […]

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68 year old with 1st ( hopefully) last SCAD

July 10, 2020

I travel monthly to visit and offer child care for my now 4 year old granddaughter. I travel by air and have had 2 knee replacements,so am aware of moving my legs during the flight. The trip I returned home from in March was at the start of COVID-19 awareness. My trip to help out […]

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From surgeon to patient

June 23, 2020

Hi, I’m a physician and eye surgeon living in Orange County, CA. Two weeks ago, I celebrated my 40th birthday. I didn’t feel over the hill. I was running 20+ miles per day and I still haven’t grown my first gray hair. I eat a healthy pescatarian diet (vegetarian diet plus seafood), I have no […]

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