Learn the latest on post-SCAD physical activity and cardiac rehab

SCAD Alliance hosted our second “Ask the Experts” webinar to discuss post-SCAD physical activity and cardiac rehabilitation on Friday, July 10th, 2020. Access the webinar through our list of Ask the Experts recordings on our YouTube channel.

Rebecca Freeman, MS, MPH, a two-time SCAD survivor, mom of two, and pediatric physician assistant, moderated the panel. She is a SCAD Alliance board member and serves on the communications committee. Panelists included:

  • Nancy McCleary, RN CCRP CTTS — Nancy is a nurse and certified cardiac rehab professional. She works in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cardiac Rehabilitation program, and provided an overview of cardiac rehab and why it is beneficial for SCAD patients.
  • Maria Shea, MS, CCRP — Maria, also at MGH, is an exercise physiologist with an emphasis on health psychology. She is trained in mind/body medicine and is a certified yoga instructor. She discussed the principles of exercising safely, including warm up and cool down, target heart rates, rate of perceived exertion, flexibility and strength training safely within their weight limits.
  • Dr. Sahar Naderi, Director of the Women’s Heart Health at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, is a SCAD Alliance scientific adviser and iSCAD Registry Steering Committee member. Dr. Naderi discussed the realities of cardiac rehab in the community, as not all cardiac rehabs are equal in terms of funding and institutional support.
  • Dr. Malissa Wood, Co-Director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program and Cathy E. Minehan Chair of Cardiovascular Disease in Women at MGH, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a SCAD Alliance scientific adviser, and iSCAD Registry Steering Committee member. Dr. Wood addressed available research on the topic of physical activity, as well as the importance of developing an individualized exercise plan after SCAD.

Be sure to join SCAD Alliance on Friday, August 7th, 2020, for our next webinar in the series, on SCAD and genetics.