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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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I thought my heart attack was heart burn

July 25, 2022

So as with many other survivors it’s all a bit surreal and at 44 years old and fiit and healty would have never expected to have a heart attack . I have suffered with anxiety for many years and have had chest pain a little more in the last year but my gp as always […]

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July 18, 2022

Well this re-sently happened on july15. I was working on a cleaning crew for a janitorial service company. Around 6:00pm I had a short chest pain, then it went to my arm and after that I had back pain, but my arm felt numb. I thought it was indigestion. I was right by the hospital […]

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The day I learned to live more gently

June 13, 2022

Tuesday May 17th was just Like any other day, I was feeling a bit tired and sore but that would be expected after just competing in a “Dragon Boat” race the Saturday prior. I am a healthy 55 year old with no co morbidities. I was walking up a hill after work to get to […]

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My SCAD story

April 25, 2022

I woke up with chest pain the night of 11/30/21. I was 37 and in good health. I thought I was dreaming, and it went away briefly, so I fell back asleep. The following day, I got up and went to work, but the pain in my chest was back. I thought it was heartburn. […]

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SCAD Got Me Too!

My story seems similar to yours, except I am a stressed out Special Education Teacher. I have fibromyalgia and back problems. I was on medication for this and I feel like that medication may have played a role in my SCAD experience. At the hospital they would not give me this medication. But this school […]

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heartburn and scad

August 22, 2021

On Monday I sensed something was different. I felt a bit flushed and it felt like my blood pressure was high. I had an appt scheduled with a sports doctor that Wed and thought I would have my bp checked when there. Well, they didn’t check my bp and it wasn’t at the top of […]

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What happened?

August 12, 2021

Thank you for letting me join your group. I had chest pains last Thursday which went into my shoulder and arms. Not that intense pains. Saw my doctor and got blue lighted to our nearest heart specialist. Very intense testing and then told I had had a heart attack which was caused by a SCAD. […]

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July 9, 2021

I am a 59 yr old Asian woman. My mother-in-law moved in in January 2021. She has moderate dementia. We had an argument. It was a layer upon layer of stress coming to this point on that day. It happened around 3:30 pm. I had chest pains, massive headache, massive jaw pain and left arm […]

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SCAD and SCA at 49

July 3, 2021

The week of June 5th, 2021 was a stressful week. At the end of the week I took my teenage son shopping to buy his first suit. I’d like to say this was for prom or a happy occasion but it was for the unexpected funeral of a very close friend. That evening as I […]

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My SCAD Journey

June 24, 2021

I was lucky enough to find this very welcoming site yesterday 23rd June 2021. My SCAD journey started back in March 11th, 2018 on a very sunny day on the golf course. Three weeks before my seventy second birthday! I was playing 18 holes with my husband and two friends when on the 11th hole […]

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