My name is Shayne and I am a stay at home Mum to 3 kids. In 2019 at the age of 47 I suffered a SCAD heart attack.
I was out with my children (then aged 2, 7 and 12) when I was suddenly hit with what I thought was bad indigestion. Over the next two hours the discomfort in my upper chest came and went in waves and I noticed it was starting to travel down my arms with pins and needles in my fingers. “Fortunately” I had experienced a NSTEMI heart attack 4 years prior and I realised that this too might actually be a heart problem.
So instead of driving home as planned I called an ambulance.
Thankfully I did, as an ecg showed slight changes and I was taken straight to hospital. Once there, blood tests showed rising troponin levels and my fears were confirmed. I was put on a GTN infusion to relieve the chest pain and had an echocardiogram where heart changes led them to believe I was suffering from Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (Broken Heart Syndrome).
However further testing with angiogram and CT showed SCAD of LAD.
After a few days I was discharged home with a long list of medications and instructions to avoid heavy lifting. The early days of healing while looking after young children were hard… lots of chest pain, lack of energy and high anxiety about it happening again. Thankfully one year later life is pretty much back to normal, although I am still cautious about heavy lifting and strenuous exercise, and will most likely remain on certain preventative medications for life.
I am grateful every day that I was aware that my symptoms were not to be ignored and I sought medical assistance even at the risk of feeling like I may have been overreacting.