S.C.A.D. 18 June 2017

Mayo Clinic Coronary Conditions

SCAD not just a heart attack

Mayo Clinic SCAD

The above links are just some of those you will find if you would like to know a little more about SCAD.

On the 7th June, Jessica had gone into St. Vincent’s hospital  for the routine pre-admission, before her Total hip replacement the following Wednesday, I had gone to the dental hospital to have some new dentures fitted, intending to go to the hospital afterwards.

Things were not to be as routine as they usually are, throughout the proceedings it was discovered that unbeknown to either of us Jessica had recently had two small heart attacks.

Jessica has Autonomic Dysreflexia and does not experience pain in the same way as I do which is why the slight pains in her chest and left arm were thought nothing of because they seemed such tiny pains.

An EEG, Cardiac ultrasound, CT Angiography later confirmed that a serious event had taken place. For those who know Jessica as soon as she dressed herself after the CT Angiography she shot through even though the Cardiac Specialist had wanted to admit her.

Well, we received a telephone call that evening from a Dr Andrew Jabbour telling madame that she had a very serious condition for which he was arranging an Angiogram the next morning. During the procedure Jessica suffered an incidence of  of Bradycardia which truncated the proceedings though enough information was gathered to make a diagnosis.

They called “code blue” and admitted her and when I arrived she was as chirpy as ever after her latest adventure.

Apparently her event of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection had been totally asymptomatic since it cannot quite be determined when it happened and Jessica recalls no symptoms-

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) are the same as symptoms of other types of heart attacks and may include:

  • Chest pain
  • A rapid heartbeat or fluttery feeling in your chest
  • Pain in your arms, shoulders or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Unusual, extreme tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

And I noticed none.

For all anyone seems to guess, for very little information came our way from her medical team, it may have happened a few years ago down to a few hours ago.

Published on Jan 13, 2015

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is the leading cause of heart attack in women under age 40 and until recently was largely unstudied due to the erroneous belief that it was a rare occurrence. Novel patient-initiated research initiated in 2010 by the multidisciplinary Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program SCAD is changing that. Mayo Clinic is the leading clinical and research program for SCAD, a cause of heart attack

 

Published on Aug 29, 2011

Don’t worry — you’re just tired and out of sorts after having your baby. But the chest pain experienced by the woman you’re about to meet was much more than a difficult recovery. She had a heart attack when a rare and deadly condition stopped blood flow to her heart. The same thing happened to another woman. After sharing their stories on social networking sites they found more women with the same problem. That’s when they

Published on Feb 21, 2013

A heart attack at age 35. That’s not supposed to happen. The woman you’re about to meet suffered what’s called a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. It’s a condition that’s hard to diagnose and there’s very little information available about it. Experts at Mayo Clinic have results from studies aimed at learning more about this life-threatening condition.


Jessica’s hip Replacement was cancelled and now she is getting to know the world of SCAD survivors with many appointments to various clinics.

Andrew

Author: Andrew Blair

Living in Maroubra Australia. Carer for my wife Jessica. Simple web designer and Administrator; photographer, artist and theologian. We now attend the Uniting Church in Maroubra Junction where we are very happy. My greatest desire is to serve God in the capacity of an Interfaith dialoguer since this seems to be my calling since 1997

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