Grief & Gratitude: Surviving a SCAD Heart Attack at 30 Years Old | Ep.156: Kayla Wolthoff

Grief & Gratitude: Surviving a SCAD Heart Attack at 30 Years Old | Ep.156: Kayla Wolthoff

Grief & Gratitude: Surviving a SCAD Heart Attack at 30 Years Old | Ep.156: Kayla Wolthoff 150 150 OnTheStacks

This week’s OnTheStacks guest in the blu door studio is Kayla Wolthoff, an advocate for SCAD research. 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.


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.




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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 August 2022

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) — Kayla Wolthoff, Thank You, Social Media, YouTube, Spotify & Apple

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