Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

My 50 year celebration!

February 18, 2016

I am a Norwegian woman currently in Italia – in hospital. My family had decided to celebrate my 50th birthday in the Italian alps, and it was wonderful days with skiing from early mornings. The day before I turned 50, we even decided to ski over from Cervigna to Zermatt passing the Kleine Matterhorn at 3880 meters above sea level. It was exhausting at that altitude, but fun.

On my actual birthday 13th February we were skiing down from around 3000 meters above sea level when I got a cramp/like a fist in my chest. We rested a few minutes, continued, rested, continued until we arrived at 2500 meters above sea level. I spoke to medical personnel there, but I felt better and decided not to pursue the matter. We cancelled the original dinner reservation in a farm restaurant a few kilometers away, deciding to dine near the hotel. I was told there were no cardiologist in the village. I was tired but no longer in pain, and went early to bed. The morning after I was still in great form and we were meant to fly home to Norway. We decided early to pay a visit to the hospital in Bergamot.

Having explained my story to the Emergency I was quickly given an EKG which they named CODE RED. I was instantly admitted and they have been fantastic. Everything seem to progress well. No operation, but a natural healing will occur. They will not let me leave until at least ten days with medical assistance on the plane. Many thanks to the doctor and his fantastic crew.