11:00 - 11:05 amSunday, September 18
Upper Lobby
Life's [NOT] fair: dispelling the urban legend of a deserving heart attack victim
Upper Lobby
Life's [NOT] fair: dispelling the urban legend of a deserving heart attack victim
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection Alliance
For those who suffer from little-understood conditions, obtaining accurate diagnosis and treatment is only the beginning of our struggle. Typically limited information as to the cause of the condition... Read more

Description

For those who suffer from little-understood conditions, obtaining accurate diagnosis and treatment is only the beginning of our struggle. Typically limited information as to the cause of the condition exists and therefore the ability to control our circumstances diminished. Frustration over this lack of control can lead to a downward spiral. 13 months ago at the age of 34 I nearly lost my life to a rare cause of heart attack, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), and I required an emergent heart transplant. The causes of SCAD remain unknown.

Yet this lack of control presents an opportunity as a coping mechanism enabling survivors to focus not on what we could have done differently but instead on moving forward. I believe when restored, we have an obligation to make a difference with our renewed lives. Certainly, one thing we can control is using our story to help others struggling with similar circumstances.

My talk will focus on the use of digital media to elevate awareness regarding lesser known conditions and the importance of seeking medical attention at the onset of symptoms.

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