Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Triathlete with Scad

November 17, 2017

Aged 41 male, non smoker, non drinker and very lean. No family history of heart trouble. Extremely fit.
Doing olympic distance triathlon, finished 6th out of 170 participants.
Conditions on the day where very hot for the Uk and race ended up longer than advertised.
Felt sweaty, nauseous and ‘indigestion’ type pain 30 minutes after the event. Wife forced me to the hospital about 5 hours post event by which time I also felt breathless and tightness in chest.
Scad diagnosed in hospital the following day. Hercules Stent inserted. Fitness helped me recover well. Lifting anything was an issue for the first few weeks in particular.
Have returned to exercising 6 days a week but keep heart rate to about 70% of maximum now & sessions usually 40-50 minutes in total.