The Power of One: SCAD Advocacy

The Ask the Experts panel will discuss advocacy and how it can play an important role in your healing and help raise awareness of SCAD at the same time. Use this link to join us:


Katie Adams survived SCAD in 2017 following the delivery of her 4th child. She also has carotid dissection (2008) and a diagnosis of FMD. Over the course of her SCAD recovery Katie developed a passion for wellness as she discovered the positive impact of a healthy lifestyle. She shares frequently about her health journey and struggles, as well as information about all aspects of wellness in her Facebook group @HealthyHens. Katie advocates for FMD and SCAD awareness on a regular basis. In addition to being a busy wife and mom, she is the Executive Director of Kentucky SHRM and the HR Director for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. You can read more about about Katie’s story here.


Dr. Malissa Wood has played a leading role in the SCAD medical community by creating tailored physical and emotional support for her SCAD patients. In a previous webinar, she discussed the benefits of SCAD-specific cardiac rehab. On Friday, she will discuss the peer-to-peer mentor program she has implemented for SCAD patients at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. Dr. Wood is Co-Director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program and Cathy E. Minehan Chair of Cardiovascular Disease in Women at MGH, as well as Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wood is a SCAD Alliance scientific adviser, principal investigator of the iSCAD Registry site at MGH, and an iSCAD Registry Steering Committee member.


Dr. Tina Pittman Wagers is a teaching professor and clinical psychologist in the department of psychology and neuroscience at University of Colorado-Boulder. Tina had a heart attack from SCAD in August 2014 while swimming across a lake during a family vacation in Idaho. The diagnosis stunned Tina and her family, as she had participated in a sprint triathlon two weeks prior. As a clinical psychologist, Tina has a long-standing interest in evidence-based treatments for psychological disorders, and accurate diagnosis and treatment of women’s mental health disorders in particular. Tina’s research focuses on the lived experiences of SCAD survivors and she has led the development of the SCAD Warrior App. She will discuss how the App helps patients’ personal advocacy efforts.