Bringing Attention To A Misdiagnosed Cardiac Event

To The Reader’s Forum:

Congratulations to team SCAD and The Post-Journal for helping to raise awareness about an often misdiagnosed cardiac event.

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection occurs most frequently in healthy, young women, causing the inner lining of the coronary artery to rupture, blocking off blood flow to an area of the heart. This can lead to a heart attack. Often misdiagnosed in women, precious time can be wasted. This happened to me in May 2009 at 49 years old. I would like to stress the importance of early diagnosis and rapid treatment.

This phenomenon is becoming more common due to better detection and awareness. Hopefully understanding SCAD will help in its treatment and prevention. Right now there is no know cause or prevention. The Mayo Clinic is currently collecting data. I am thrilled to see our small town helping too.

Leslie Liuzzo