Rachel DoucetteIn 2011, just days before her 36th birthday, Rachel dropped to the ground from a crushing heart attack in front of two of her three children. After a delayed diagnosis, she underwent emergency bypass surgery and later learned her heart attack was caused by Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, or SCAD. Surviving this life-threatening experience gave her the resolve to make it better for the next person by raising awareness that heart attacks do happen to young, otherwise healthy women, to educate health care providers about the prevalence of SCAD, and to find its cause.
As a 2013 Massachusetts Heart Association Go Red for Women Spokeswoman, Rachel advocated for heart disease awareness and detection, while also educating the community about SCAD. She continues her advocacy with the American Heart Association through speaking engagements and by supporting other heart attack survivors. Prior to her work with SCAD Alliance, Rachel served on the Board of another rare disease nonprofit.