Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

I Thought It Was the Flu

March 24, 2016

On March 5th, one week before my 55th birthday, I had a tight sensation in my lower sternum and nausea, but it wasn’t until my husband took my blood pressure that I even considered it being an issue with my heart. I thought it was the flu.

I’m a healthy, active woman with no previous issues of high blood pressure. We rushed to the hospital and from there I was rushed to a larger hospital in Sacramento, CA where the cardiologist immediately performed a catheterization and diagnosed it as SCAD.

I remained in the cardiac unit for three nights and am now back at home, away from work, and taking medications in the am and pm. I’m now in this limbo state, trying to learn about this but also avoiding too much information since I seem to get anxious when I read about re-occurrence.