Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

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 called my mom who is a retired nurse she came to sit with our three children and my husband drove me to the emergency room.

Once we arrived the pain was the same weight sitting on my chest. They layed me in a bed and started doing tests. The tests came back concerning so they told me they were going to life flight me to Holy Spirit hospital in camp hill pa. I arrived there in 25 minutes the flight was scary and I was sure I as going to die.

When i arrived i went into the cath lab and they quickly did the cath and told me I was diagnosed with scad. Of course i didn’t know what that was and never heard of it. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days and now I’m home trying to live a normal life. I am trying to weed out stress I am also trying to research scad and trying not to worry too much about a reoccurence.

I will start cardiac rehab soon. My days are spent resting and trying to heal. I hope to meet more people that have experienced scad. My hope it to live a normal life and raise my three children. I just want to live life to the fullest and am so happy to be alive for my family and children