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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SCAD Alliance issues Emergency Medicine White Paper to aid patient care

The critical point in the care of most SCAD patients occurs at the emergency department, where they are either assessed or sent home without a diagnosis or treatment. SCAD Alliance, in consultation with experts in cardiology and emergency medicine, has released a White Paper to educate and support clinicians in Emergency/Accident & Emergency departments. Please

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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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“Stop The Heartbreak” video released

As part of its mission to raise awareness about spontaneous coronary artery dissection, SCAD Alliance has released “Stop the Heartbreak,” a video that describes what a SCAD is, and how it is an under-recognized cause of acute coronary syndrome, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. The Alliance plans to release more educational materials like “Stop

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SCAD Alliance Executive Director Featured on Huffington Post

On June 17, 2014, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, asked Rachel Doucette, executive director of SCAD Alliance, to tell her story through a guest column on Huffington Post entitled “SCAD: The Ultimate Heart Break.” The blog post states what spontaneous coronary artery dissection patients know all too well, which is our survival

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