(apologies to Beyonce')
When I first got here, everyone was--and still is!--really supportive and said to "type 'SCAD' in the search bar" and read all the various discussions about spontaneous coronary artery dissections.
What I was hoping for was to find all of the information in a single place, but it's kind of scattered in different threads and journals, which is the nature of discussion boards. And that's OK, but it makes it hard to keep track sometimes of which women are the SCAD survivors.
So this is a shout out, a call to all the women on the board who have had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Please post a comment to this discussion, if you don't mind; maybe tell a short version of your story (it amazes me that doctors don't have a standardized treatment for the condition).
This way, we can all find each other in one convenient spot and hopefully make it even easier for scared newcomers to find us and get some reassurance that they're not alone. (BTW, anyone else notice that for example, the AHA site doesn't even list SCAD on its glossary of heart-related terms?)
This is me: heart attack late March, no prior risk factors or family history. We went to the ER, where a cardiac cath the next day showed a small tear in my right coronary artery. During the cath, it dissected the rest of the way and was repaired with six drug-eluting stents. After most of a week in the hospital I was sent home on Plavix, Zocor, metoprolol, and once/day aspirin. Finished cardiac rehab at the end of July.
I'm 41 and was 40 at the time of my heart attack and SCAD. I don't have any kids, so my SCAD wasn't pregnancy-related. And I don't have a connective tissue disorder; a couple of weeks after I got home from the hospital I had renal and carotid artery scans that were normal.
My cardiologist tells me that he thinks the chance of it happening again is miniscule, but other women have had different experiences, so as the kids today say, "your mileage may vary."
Here's hoping that this discussion will bring a lot of us together.
EDIT: Anyone interested in keeping in touch, my email address is laurahcory at yah00 d0t c0m.
Edited February 15, 2010 at 10:45 am