Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Surprise Surprise Surprise

November 7, 2016

SCAD event Monday Oct. 31, 8:15 pm.

I am 54, pretty healthy and have no risk factors for a heart attack. After suffering massive pain in the middle of my chest the night before, my doctor advised me to go to the ER. After checking my blood levels, they said I had had a heart attack. I cried and kept saying all the reasons that I couldn’t have a heart attack. I’m not old enough, I don’t have high blood pressure, I don’t have high cholesterol, I’m a normal weight.

They rushed me in for a heart catheterization and at first couldn’t find anything wrong. No plaque, no blockage. I was thinking, surely there is something wrong that caused it. Finally, I heard the doctor say, “I See It!”

I remained in the hospital overnight and also the next day and night because I was still having chest pains. Everyone was shocked when they heard that I had a heart attack. They all knew how healthy I am.

I’m home recuperating for about 4 weeks for the tear to heal and then I will be going to heart rehabilitation. It’s funny, the rehabilitation is to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and to manage your weight. I don’t need any of those, but I am going because it will help me.