Resources


Outside sources that can help you understand this condition are listed on this page.  This will continually be updated as more information and links are found.  If you have any recommendations for additions, please go to the Contact page to send in your suggestions.

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AUGUST 2011---THE MAYO CLINIC IS NOW DOING A STUDY ON SCAD AND NEEDS YOUR PARTICIPATION IF YOU HAVE HAD AN ANGIOGRAM WHICH CONFIRMED YOUR SCAD.  PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE INFO ->  SCAD STUDIES AT MAYO CLINIC
                       
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Please visit our SCAD support forum for more information from others who have experienced SCAD.  Others SCAD stories, new information about SCAD treatments, medications, supplements, personal milestones, and referrals to recommended doctors and hospitals are discussed there.  Please contribute if you can.

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A fantastic resource for more information and support is the WomenHeart forum on the Inspire website.  Although it is a general Heart disease forum for women, it can be a wealth of information and support from other women who have experienced heart attacks and similiar problems. 

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 MyHeartSisters is another great informational website for women with heart disease.

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A TV reporter in Washington DC suffered a heart attack caused by a SCAD just a few minutes after giving a live report.  Luckily she recognized the signs and immediately called for help.  While recovering, the station did a 3 part series about her experiences which aired on the local ABC 7 news.  You can watch the series here

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SCAD can limit what you can do for awhile, and change how you have to do things.  It can be hard for others to understand this because you don't look any different outwardly.  If you are having trouble in this area, or are wanting others to understand how life is for you now, Christine Miserandino has written a wonderful description of how life is for people who are struggling to get by, but don't look sick.  It's called 'The Spoon Theory' and can be viewed on her website Butyoudontlooksick.com
 

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Below you will find several medical reports on SCAD.  Publishing dates, suggested risk factors, and statistics vary in each of them.  It is important to remember that SCAD is fairly rare, and more is being learned everyday.  More will be added to this list as they are found.

Rush Heart Institute, Chicago IL  2004

Journal of Invasive Cardiology, New York NY  2008

Journal of the American College of Cardiology   2010

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