Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

US Soldier SCAD Story

December 4, 2017

My cardiologist told me i should post my story so here it goes. I am a 26 year old male soldier who recently had 2 heart attacks. I had woken up 12October2017 at around 0500. It was a normal morning, i felt the same as i always do. I went to PT that morning, we had a PT test, not a big deal at all. 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of situps, and a 2 mile run. Im in really good shape, so i tend not to worry about these. I took my pt test, and after the run, i noticed slight discomfort in my chest. I figured it was normal, considering i just finished a 2 mile run so i didnt think anything of it. I got in my car and i drove home. Home was 5 minutes away from where i was, so in that 5 minute drive, the pain intensified significantly. At this point i was thinking muscle spasms. So i tried stretching out and taking a shower.

After 3 minutes in the shower i knew something was wrong. I got out, put on some shorts and called the ambulance. By the time i hit the hospital, they had confirmed it was a heart attack. Initially they thought it was a blood clot. So they went in, cleared what they thought was a block and put in a stent. About 24 hrs later, i was hit with the 2nd heart attack where they confirmed it was SCAD. They explained to me what the SCAD was, and how it happens, and that it occurs usually during labor in women, and for men, during extreme muscle training.

I laughed at the doctor. Lol 2 minutes of pushups and situps and a 2 mile run is not extreme at all to a soldier of 7 years. So now im getting medically discharged and im gonna have to figure out whats next.