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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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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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67 year old healthy female in shock with diagnosis

January 31, 2020

January 6th of this year, I was out walking with friends and complaining of being overly hot and out of breath. During the prior week I had had intermitent sharp pain in my left underarm region, some indigestion, I vomited once, and felt at times sweaty and chilled. I had also gone through some significant […]

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The Beat Goes On

January 21, 2020

Over Memorial Day Weekend of 2017, when my newborn son was just 7 weeks old, I had a heart attack. I had just returned to work from a brief maternity leave and was looking forward to a long holiday weekend of baby snuggles and a nice family picnic. However, instead of spending that time on […]

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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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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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