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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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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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October 28, 1996

June 8, 2020

I just completed a physical and was given a clean bill of health. I walked every day and ate healthy food. I am a married mother of 3. I had lunch at home and went back to work at a dental office at the front office coordinator. Just back from lunch, I cracked a joke […]

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Here we go again

April 29, 2020

Hello, I am a new member and wanted to share my story, as I have just had my second SCAD event. The first was three years ago and looked much different than the one I just had.. The first was very mild, with minor chest pain, but when it started down my arm I went […]

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3 SCAD Heart attacks

March 28, 2020

I had my first SCAD heart attack at age 47, four years later I had my second and four years after that – 2 weeks ago I had my 3rd heart attack. Each heart attack involved a different artery, each resolved itself, each required a transradial Catheterization. The last cath I had they actually saw […]

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My scad story

March 11, 2020

December 27th 2017 I was training at the gym, as I always did. I’m very active and in great shape. I felt a horrible burning down my throat. I thought I had pulled a chest muscle so I waited all day until it got so bad at 6 PM I decided to go to the […]

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Five months post partum to the day!

February 13, 2020

I was sitting in my living room about to get our three children ready for bed and I felt like something was sitting on my chest. I asked my husband for some antacids and I took those and didn’t notice a difference. I started vomiting and my hand and fingers were going numb. My husband […]

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SCAD Survivor

February 8, 2020

I am 56 and had a SCAD related heart attack in early November while in the hospital recovering from an emergent cholecystectomy. I continue to be off work 3 months out due to recurring chest pain. I have been hospitalized overnight twice for chest pain since. I am on the typical regiment of baby aspirin, […]

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