Spontaneous coronary artery dissection — ( SCAD ) — is an uncommon cardiac event that occurs when a tear forms in one or more of the coronary arteries near the heart.
SCAD can slow or block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm or sudden death.
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) causes heart
attacks in otherwise healthy women, and more rarely, men who have little to no heart attack risk factors usually around the average age of 40 years of age, but has occurred in much younger and older people.
It can be very hard to readjust to life after having a heart attack which happened for apparently no reason whatsoever, even though you were doing everything right and were fit and healthy. Depending on the severity of the heart attack, some survivors have to completely change their way of life to adapt to now having heart damage and live with the ongoing issues of medications for life. Mentally this can be very challenging and scarring.
There is very little known about SCAD and research into this is only just beginning. The medical world still does not understand what causes SCAD and this can be very daunting for newly diagnosed SCAD survivors. Survivors are usually informed that it is very rare and they are unlikely to ever meet another survivor. This can be very frightening and isolating, I want to reach out to newly diagnosed survivors during their initial hospital discharge so they know there are more survivors out here and there is life after SCAD.
There are 5K SCADaddles held throughout Australia to help raise awareness of SCAD – click here to find the one closest to you.