My Story – Heart Attack Survivor (SCAD)

health and Fitness assessment
  • In January 2015 I had a heart attack.
  • I was 39yrs of age and 5 months post partum.
  • I was not over-weight, I did not have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
  • I was not, nor have I ever been a smoker or heavy drinker.
  • I followed a healthy diet, was in very good health with no known illnesses or injuries.
  • The day before I comfortably ran 13 km through Noosa National Park symptom free
  • I was and continue to be a keen runner who has completed several marathons, many ½ marathons and countless other events.

The Cause

  • My heart attack was caused by a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)
  • SCAD is a relatively uncommon condition that results in heart attack or sudden death
  • While SCAD can affect men and women, the majority of cases occur in females, with a large proportion in pre and post natal women.


SCAD fundraiser
‘Noosa SCADaddle’ 2016 – Raising funds for SCAD research.

health and Fitness assessment
Kahryn & Anja @ Buderim Cardiac Care, Jan 2015

Want to find out more about (SCAD)

Heart Foundation Website

Information and resources about Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) from the Heart Foundation

AHA Scientific Statement

A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association from the journal Circulation, May 8 2018