A Rare Heart Condition Almost Killed Her. Now, She Wants To Protect Other Young Women

By Leah Asmelash
The Charlotte Observer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Spontaneous coronary artery dissection, “SCAD”, is rare. It happens when the layers on the artery wall start to peel and separate, causing a blockage that can lead to a heart attack and, in some cases, death.

The Charlotte Observer

If Lauren Dungan had waited just 30 more minutes, she might be dead.

On the morning of Oct. 25, 2017, she was sitting in her Huntersville apartment living room, scrolling through Instagram and drinking a cup of coffee. Five days earlier, she had given birth to her second son, Hunter. Though still recovering, she was finally starting to feel like herself again.

Her husband, Evan, was sitting next to her. Their daughter, 2 at the time, had just been dropped off at daycare.
This is when it started _ the pressure that felt like an elephant on her chest, the classic heart attack sign.

“Something’s really wrong,” she recalled saying, immediately turning to Evan and sitting back into the sofa.

“What do you mean?”

She didn’t know. She repeated it: I don’t know, I don’t know.

Lauren had never felt anything like this before, and at first, neither of them were concerned.

She brushed it off. It’s low blood pressure, she thought, something she’d experienced briefly while still in the hospital. She’d also had gestational diabetes, but when she checked her glucose, it was fine.

A few minutes had passed since the initial pain. “I think we should go to the emergency room,” she recalls saying, growing increasingly worried. The pain hadn’t subsided like she’d hoped.

The seconds stretched. While her husband hastily woke up their son and grabbed a diaper bag and a bottle, Lauren remained glued to the couch. “We gotta hurry,” she told him, unable to move and not feeling well.

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