"I Didn't Know I Had a Heart Attack"
Pages in this Story:
- "I Thought I Had Heartburn. It Was a Heart Attack."
- I Didn't Fit the Profile of a Heart Disease Patient
- Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), a Rare Diagnosis
- My Treatment: A Triple Bypass
- Cardiac Rehab and Recovery
- Sharon's Heart-Healthy To-Do List
- Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), a Rare Diagnosis
Say the words heart attack in a hospital and people spring into action. I was whisked to another floor and given more tests, which revealed that I hadn't had your usual heart attack, caused by a blockage. Instead, I'd had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. Two of my arteries had split, and blood was collecting inside my heart, causing the attack symptoms. SCAD happens only a handful of times a year, but up to 80 percent of the cases occur in young women. Experts have yet to fully understand why.
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