One morning in August 2016, a healthy woman in her 30s had a heart attack. She had no history of heart disease and yet, found herself in an ambulance on the way to hospital suffering with excruciating chest pain and fearful for her life.
It turned out she didn’t have heart disease in any way, shape or form but she had suffered a heart attack as a result of a rare and little understood heart condition called Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).
A SCAD causes the wall of a coronary artery to split resulting in a heart attack. It effects healthy younger people (the majority being women) and there is no known cause or preventative treatment or way of detecting if it will happen.
The BHF are funding groundbreaking and vital research in to SCAD and it is hoped that this research will find out why it happens and how it can be identified and treated before it happens.
Fortunately (a huge understatement) that woman survived and is again leading a healthy and active life. She is also now part of SCADs research project. Another SCAD could occur but, through her involvement with the BHF research project, feels that she is getting the best treatment, advice and peace of mind that there currently is.
That women is my wife and the mother of our 3 1/2 year old son.
Heart problems don’t just effect old, fat people who smoke heavily and don’t look after themselves. They effect many people of all ages. People like a healthy and fit 30 something wife, mother, daughter and sister who, until she collapsed one day, had no reason to ever thing she’d have a heart attack.
What more reason do I need for doing this walk.
By helping raise funds for BHF’s important research, lives will be saved.
Article written by Paul Duleiu, Chairman of 3rd Brentwood Scout Group.