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  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) occurs when blood flow in the heart slows or stops because of a tear in the wall of an artery. Read about SCAD symptoms, causes and treatment, and hear from people who have experienced it.

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  • Atrial fibrillation is a life-long condition that changes over time. In this article you will find tips and ideas to help you manage your AF, overcome challenges you might face with the condition and helpful hints to make your life easier.

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  • There’s good evidence that following a heart-healthy diet can improve your blood cholesterol and heart health. Find out which foods are best at helping to lower your cholesterol.

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  • Help fund life-saving research by making regular, automatic donations and you’ll be part of a very special group of Heart Foundation supporters.

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  • A heart attack (myocardial infarction) happens when blood stops flowing to part of your heart. Find out about heart attack causes, what you can do to recognise a heart attack and speed your recovery.

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  • Published: 6 July 2014

    To look at me – a fit and healthy 42-year-old woman – you’d never guess that I’d had a heart attack. But that’s exactly what happened to me on 12th September 2013

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  • Published: 17 February 2020

    Young, fit and loving life. At only 41 Trudy Hudson-Owen never thought she’d have a heart attack, let alone in such a dramatic way. The Whangarei mother of two was washing the windows at home on a Sunday afternoon, when she started to feel unwell. And within 20 minutes, she…

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  • Published: 11 May 2016

    When Lisa started feeling pressure near her collarbone, she assumed it was a muscle spasm caused by her massage that day.

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  • Published: 8 August 2015

    As a fit young medical professional, Kateshe Clark couldn’t believe it when she had a heart attack after a workout in November last year.

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  • Heart troubles were the last thing young and healthy Kerrie expected, but at 12 weeks pregnant with her second child, she experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).

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  • Published: 2 November 2015

    It may be hard to believe, but Kelly Widdowson was just 26 years old when she had her heart attack.

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  • Trudy was doing chores at home when she felt weird sensations in her arms and pain in her chest. As she arrived at hospital Trudy went into cardiac arrest and was later diagnosed with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).

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