Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)

Welcome to the WomenHeart online SCAD community. Our members provide peer-to-peer patient support for those living with spontaneous coronary artery dissection. In addition to discussions and journal posts, please check out SCAD Café, a weekly chat on a specific topic. Our goal is to empower, educate and uplift each other!


SCAD Ireland

  • By Caroline-1 · New reply April 15, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • Calling all SCAD ladies and gentlemen in Ireland A number of us are meeting in Ballinasloe on the weekend of 26 April. It looks like it will be during the day on Saturday. Catherine Beck from the UK will ...

SCAD Cafe: Telling Your Story

  • By KAKLeon · New reply April 13, 2014
  • 1 reply
  • Hello! Hoping you are enjoying sunny springtime where ever you are. It certainly has be a busy, fleeting 2014 so far. Another "time flies" reflection is the story of WomenHeart, the National Coalition ...

Mayo Clinic's SCAD Research

  • By EdwardsRachel · New reply April 12, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • Hello, I had SCAD July 14, 2013. Is Mayo Clinic still taking people for the SCAD research? I would be interested. Would I have to go to Mayo to meet with a cardiologist? Thank you ...

2014 SCAD Survivors Reunion!!

  • By debmcg · New reply April 9, 2014
  • 4 replies
  • Hello SCAD Family! It's that time again!! Please join us for our 3rd ANNUAL SCAD REUNION on the weekend of May 2-4, 2014. We are meeting once again just outside of Chicago, in Naperville, IL, to enjoy ...

Heart pain post scad

  • By lisanz · New reply April 8, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • Hi there, I was wondering if anyone else suffers from ongoing pain post scad. I had mine back in Jan this year and am being managed medically with betablockers as was on a diagonal branch and would be ...

Any of you from Ont Canada that are SCAD survivors

  • By Caz69 · New reply April 8, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • Any of you that are SCAD survivors or suffer from FMD form the Toronto On Canada area ...

What to expect

  • By Shellbobojm · New reply April 7, 2014
  • 12 replies
  • I'm 12 day after being diagnosed with SCAD. I am being treated with meds. At rest I experience shortness of breath and the heaviness in my chest. Is this normal ...

SCAD UK: Health Research Public and Patient Event

  • By BecksB · New reply April 5, 2014
  • 6 replies
  • The UK Research team at NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (LCBRU) who are starting up a SCAD research project will be participating in this public event. There will be talks from ...


  • By michelle342 · New reply April 3, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • Hi all, I had my 1st SCAD in 2006 at the age of 36 in which I dissected 90% of my left coronary artery. Doctors told me it was "bad luck and to go home and enjoy life " without any answers. I had my 2nd ...

Why call it CAD when it is SCAD

  • By Ljmos · New reply March 31, 2014
  • 6 replies
  • On Sept 8th 2014, I had my heart attack double by-pass. I am a 38 year old mom of 4 boys with my youngest being 7 months old at the time of my heart attack. I was told I didn't have any blockage my LAD ...

exercise regime post SCAD

  • By lisanz · New reply March 16, 2014
  • 8 replies
  • Hi All. I am so glad that I have found this site and have found some support. I suffered a heart attack due to scad 3 weeks ago. I am in New Zealand and have not managed to find any other online support ...

SCAD and the Meds we are on?

  • By MidwestMargie · New reply March 14, 2014
  • 14 replies
  • I had my SCAD in April 2011. I was lucky in that it was just the tips of 2 arteries, no surgeries, just meds. I have been on 50mg Metoprolol 20 Mg Statin, Low dose (81mg) aspirin. (Plavix for GERD, but ...

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Don’t Miss It

  • By April-2010-SCAD · New reply March 5, 2014
  • 1 reply
  • Dr Rajiv Gulati, SCAD expert from the catheterization lab at Mayo Clinic (Rochester), discusses spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). During the interview, Dr. Gulati summarizes new findings ...

My SCAD ( and the Pill?)

  • By MidwestMargie · New reply March 4, 2014
  • 6 replies
  • I just found this site, and am very excited! I'm also trying to navigate my way through the site. I posted this in Journals, but now here, in case no one can see that? thought I was a rare and alone case ...

Aussie SCAD get together/s

  • By Lillian66 · New reply March 3, 2014
  • 2 replies
  • Hi Everyone I have been reading about the American get together in May and really wish I could go. I won't be able to this year but am wondering if anyone is interested in a get together in Australia ...

Beta blocker to Calcium blocker

  • By LisaEK31 · New reply February 28, 2014
  • 9 replies
  • Hi All, Anyone who's had chest pain from coronary artery spasms after SCAD actually noticed them to either diminish or go away completely? I was switched from beta blocker to a calcium blocker today in ...

Rare Diseases and SCAD Discussion with Dr. Hayes Tonight

  • By ellenmichelle · New reply February 26, 2014
  • 1 reply
  • TONIGHT! LIVE! Join Mayo Clinic's Dr. Sharonne Hayes along with patients and caregivers on StanfordMedX live Google Hangout and Tweetchat. The topic is Rare Diseases on the Internet and the SCAD and WomenHeart ...

Help! Dissection in groin after stent.

  • By annca · New reply February 11, 2014
  • 6 replies
  • I have three stents placed in two years. The last one was Dec.12, 2013. After a couple of days I had leg pain when I walked "with purpose" or tried to exercise. Cardiologist thought it was the lumbar ...


  • By Jgord631 · New reply February 10, 2014
  • 3 replies
  • I had a scad last week and still having chest pain, it comes and goes. Is this common ...

SCAD Cafe: I've Got Rhythm, I've Got Music ...

  • By KAKLeon · New reply February 1, 2014
  • 7 replies
  • Hi everyone. Looking for your input on arrhythmias, especially ventricular tachycardia and the need for an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator). In a related post, ymi2young is looking for information ...

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