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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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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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67 Year Old Man has SCAD heart attack.

May 16, 2021

On March 15th after a morning of mowing grass and doing everyday things at 2:30 in the afternoon l had a massive pain in the center of my chest and down both arms. We rushed to emergency room of small hospital near my home. After five hours and several attempts to get me into a […]

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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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