In August of 2022 Kayla Wolthoff suffered a life-threatening SCAD-induced heart attack. SCAD, which stands for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection is a rare condition that occurs when there’s a separation or tear in the wall of a coronary artery.
This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Kayla Wolthoff, an advocate for SCAD research.
As a very fit and active yoga-instructor, a heart-attack and dying at 30 years old was the last thing on Kayla’s mind. In this episode Kayla shares the lessons she learned from her near-death experience, her journey to recovery, and her message of putting yourself first and advocating for your health.
As a SCAD survivor, Kayla had to make a lot of adjustments to her everyday life. While still in heart failure at the time of this episode release, Kayla could no longer do the things she used to do. Life after SCAD is now a bit different, but she adjusted to her new way of life.
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Grief & Gratitude: Surviving a SCAD Heart Attack at 30 Years Old | Ep.156: Kayla Wolthoff
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- 0:00 — Kayla Wolthoff Intro
- 5:57 — From Iowa To Pennsylvania
- 12:25 — Pizza Debate
- 17:50 — Heart Attack Symptoms Begin May 2022
- 28:48 — STEMI Heart Attack: ER Visit
- 38:49 — Life Flight Transfer for ECMO Life Support
- 44:19 — SCAD Explained
- 57:07 — Waking Up From A Coma & Cardiac Rehab
- 1:07:45 — Grief & Gratitude
- 1:15:17 — Living with SCAD
- 1:23:45 — Lessons Learned
- 1:29:13 — Iowa Connections
- 1:37:00 — Thank You, Social Media, YouTube, Spotify & Apple
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