Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

A Newborn and a SCAD

January 20, 2015

3 days ofter getting home from having my son, I was sitting on my couch recovering because I’d had a c-section. When all of the sudden, I got this intense pressure in my chest and pain shooting from my chest to my arms and up my jaw. I sat there waiting, hoping the pain would go away but it didn’t. So my husband drove me to the ER. After an EKG, CT Scan, and blood tests it was confirmed I was having a heart attack but they didn’t know what was causing it. So I was transferred to a bigger hospital in an ambulance to continue testing.

I got to the bigger hospital at about midnight and after talking to the doctor on the floor at the time, I had to wait till the next morning for further tests to be taken. I remember being so scared to fall asleep because I worried I wouldn’t wake up. So I forced myself to stay awake. Finally a technician came into my room and did an ultrasound of my heart to see if the valves were working and left. Then the doctor came in about 3 hours later and told me that I needed to have an angiogram. I was so scared. They came and got me for the test and once I woke up from the test they showed me what they found. I had a Partial Coronary Artery Dissection. I was treated with medication but had to stay in the ICU for 24 hours and then another 24 hours for monitoring in the normal wing of the heart unit.

I am still on blood thinners since this only happened about 2 months ago but I am so happy to be alive and here for my two beautiful kids and my husband.