Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Heart Disease at the age of 41…..

April 22, 2013

I had a heart attack in 2005 due to overload: I was stressed at work due to not saying no to extra responsibilities, I was 20 pounds over weight, I was not eating right or exercising, and I had not taken a vacation in two years.

In 2009 I had SCAD. It was a small tear and the doctors said this normally happens in pregnant women and they continued to ask if I were pregnant. I continued to tell them no. I had a hysterectomy in 1998 but I still have my ovaries. I continued taking the meds: Metoprolol, Lisinopril, Simvastatin, and 81mg asprin daily. I was taking Plavix also but I no longer take it.

In my opinion, after reading several stories, SCAD appears to be related to hormones and inflammation. I was already taking many of the meds that SCAD patients take so this leads me to believe my medicines did not help me avoid SCAD nor will they help me in the future.

I’m currently looking into preventing stress through deep breathing and eating foods that are heart healthy and foods that reduce inflammation in the body, such as fish oil, wild salmon, almonds, black tea, red wine (in moderation), garlic, turmeric (sprinkle on everything) apples, lots of veggies, berries and cherries.

Good luck to all of us!