I think we can say yes we do, now that Mayo is researching us! I’m partly joking, but it is a very good question.
I remember arguing with my insurance carrier about whether I had heart disease. They would say yes, because I was on Plavix and a statin drug. So now that I’ve met women who’ve had repeat SCADs, I firmly feel, yes — what we have is coronary artery disease.
But, when I talk with other women at WomenHeart events, they generally perceive me as “fixed,” since I had bypass and don’t have high cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.