NBC News Publishes Article on SCAD Survivor

After Hess’s second heart attack, it became clear that this was not a postpartum complication — she was diagnosed with spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. Read the entire article: Why Heart Attacks Are Striking Healthy Young Women

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The Heart of Becky Pomerleau

Each case of SCAD is noteworthy. As an unsuspecting patient struck by SCAD, every survivor pushes through remarkable stressors during his or her recovery journey. The family, friends and support systems of these patients do too. SCAD Alliance board member Becky Pomerleau and her family faced the most dire SCAD situation possible. If it weren’t

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Seeing is believing on #GivingTuesday

Today, #GivingTuesday 2015, SCAD Alliance is proud to announce that funds raised are designated to support our exhibit at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 65th Annual Scientific Session in April 2016. Read more through this link to the latest SCAD Alliance eNews.

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New psychosocial research to benefit survivors

Motivated by her personal journey as a SCAD survivor, SCAD Alliance board member Tina Pittman Wagers, M.S.W., Psy.D., is leading a research study of the psychosocial impact of the SCAD experience. The survey launched today on social media with the following announcement: What is it like to survive SCAD? WeHave-Your-Say3 want to hear from you.

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ePatient Strategies Discussed at Summit

In June, SCAD Alliance co-founder Katherine Leon presented at the 14th Annual Patient Adherence & Access Summit, held in Philadelphia. Leon participated in the session, “Patient Initiated Campaigns — Strategies to Increase Support and Engagement.” She focused on how the nature of SCAD leads to medication adherence challenges, specifically that most of SCAD survivors “go

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SCAD Alliance board member to present at Stanford conference

SCAD Alliance board member, Tina Pittman Wagers, MSW, PsyD, on campus of University Colorado – Boulder (far right) Dr. Tina Pittman Wagers, SCAD Alliance board member and Stanford MedX speaker, consults with students on campus of University Colorado – Boulder. Stanford Medicine X 2015 officials have selected SCAD Alliance board member Tina Pittman Wagers, M.S.W.,

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Exhibit Well Attended by ER Docs at #AAEM15

Emergency physicians at #AAEM15 took a serious look at SCAD and asked many questions to better understand their role in heading off heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest in patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection. SCAD Alliance took our key message of symptom recognition to the front lines, exhibiting at the American Academy of Emergency

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Successful exhibit at NIH for Rare Disease Day

On February 27, 2015, SCAD Alliance participated in global Rare Disease Day by exhibiting at NIH for the third consecutive year. In addition to meeting survivors and caregivers who stopped by to share their stories or learn more, SCAD Alliance Board Chair, Katherine Leon, met with Dr. Nakela Cook, Medical Officer, National Heart, Lung, and

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SCAD Alliance releases “Stop SCAD, Save a Heart” infographic

In recognition of National Wear Red Day with The Heart Truth and Go Red For Women on Feb. 6, 2015, SCAD Alliance has created “Stop SCAD, Save a Heart,” a downloadable infographic. “We created the infographic not just to raise awareness about SCAD, but to help those directly affected by SCAD educate their loved ones

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Huffington Post profiles SCAD survivor and author Deborah Daw Heffernan

Deborah Daw Heffernan, a survivor of a heart attack caused by the rare disorder spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), is profiled on Huffington Post in a column, “This American Heart Month, Let’s Celebrate Survivors — Like Deborah” by Nancy Brown, CEO of American Heart Association. Heffernan published the book “An Arrow Through The Heart: One

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