Heart Attack at 37

Posted by Lily1234 @lily1234, Jul 5, 2017

Hi, my name is lily. When I had my daughter at 38 weeks which they induced. Because they thought it would be best. 13 days later I felt pressure in middle of my chest that would come and go. Then a little sick at stomach. The five days before bad headaches like I never felt I thought it was from, very little sleep new baby, other kids etc. But on the day of chest discomfort I went to hospital after calling my Dr. office, they told me to go. The EKG was fine but the cardiac labs came back that something was happing. I stayed over night one Dr. came in and said you have to go to cardiac floor and they came in through the night and said cardiac labs are increasing. In the morning thank God still here. I got a angiogram and Dr. said it was a Spontanenous dissection. Or Scad. Do to hormonal shifting. On meds. Scary. I pray it wont happen again. I’m fit I don’t smoke or drink healthy prior to this. Took coreg .But due to it dropping my bp. new Dr. took me off suddenly I had flutters etc. But I never had them before .Pharmacist said I needed to when now on metoprolol

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@lily1234 Hi Lily, im glad you’re here too. Can i ask you? What are coreg? My name is Dany (Diane)


@lily1234 Hi Lily, im glad you’re here too. Can i ask you? What are coreg? My name is Dany (Diane)

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@danybegood1, Coreg is Carvedilol, a relatively new beta blocker used to help stabilize heart rhythm and reduce blood pressure. I take it at 25mg twice a day. I’m under treatment for atrial fibrillation and high blood pressure. In addition to Coreg, I take a diuretic and an ACE inhibitor which impacts my kidneys, a key to my blood pressure. Martin


Hello @lily1234,

Welcome to Connect. Congratulations on the new baby girl, but how worried you must be with the developments that followed!

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection — SCAD — is an uncommon emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in one of the blood vessels in the heart. It can slow or block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack, and/or abnormalities in heart rhythm. If you would like to learn more about SCAD, here’s a link that will take you to the Mayo Clinic page: http://mayocl.in/2tXw92B

You may also be interested in these posts on Connect:
– Mayo Clinic Identifies SCAD As Inherited Condition http://mayocl.in/2sLTDaE
– When we think of heart attack victims, we don’t picture a 35-year-old […] http://mayocl.in/2tXg90A
– Want to learn more about SCAD? Micah Materre talks to Dr. Sharonne Hayes http://mayocl.in/2uQ4v4b
– SCAD – Mayo Clinic http://mayocl.in/2uwabAS
– SCAD & Heart Disease” http://mayocl.in/2tOeEl1

I’m tagging @jennifer99 @kakleon @lila @laurahcory and our Mentor, @kariulrich; I’m confident that they will return to share their experiences and thoughts with you.

@lily1234, did the doctor give you any follow-up advice to avoid recurrence?


@lily1234 Nice to meet you! I am sorry to hear about your SCAD. I can’t imagine how difficult it is having a newborn and dealing with this scary event! I have FMD (fibromuscular dysplasia). I am seen at Mayo Rochester, when I was diagnosed with FMD the experts did not think there was a connection between FMD and SCAD, and now there appears to be a connection for many SCAD patients. My experience is a bit different, I had an event over 10 years ago and they did not believe it was connected to my heart, now a decade later my physicians believe I had a SCAD event. How are you doing? Have you been checked for FMD?


Oh dear, that is such a hard introduction to motherhood. My friend, Nancy was exactly your age, with a new baby, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now at 14 years of no evidence of disease!

I am 51 with no cardiac risk factors. I had two heart attacks last spring caused by SCAD. I had the same medication reaction to Coreg and made the same medication change. I am tolerating that med fine. I am also glad after having my SCAD diagnosis confirmed last week at Mayo, that I am able to take fewer meds. I also learned that I don’t have FMD.

The good and bad news about SCAD is that very few lifestyle changes were recommended for me. I suspect that stress was a precipitating factor for my SCAD and now two cardiologists have posited the same. So I have upped my practice of mindfulness meditation, which is an evidence-based practice for stress management. (I am a clinical psychologist in private practice.) Mindfulness helped me get through the stress of my breast cancer treatment five years ago. It is helping now, too.

I wish you the very best of health.

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