SCAD Warrior App

The SCAD Warrior App

The SCAD Warrior app is a collection of self-paced modules designed to help you and your loved ones in your recovery from SCAD. Our team from the University of Colorado, Stanford, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard, Vancouver General Hospital, SCAD Alliance, and other contributors have created this resource to be helpful to you whether you just experienced SCAD or if you are weeks, months or years out from your SCAD. We hope you'll find ideas and strategies to help you:

  • navigate a new reality
  • manage stress
  • care for yourself behaviorally, cognitively, emotionally, and physically
  • pace your activities
  • manage expectations of yourself
  • identify values and enact behaviors and choices
  • form healthy relationships with others
  • access the kind of social support you need
  • develop and maintain a social network.

Although SCAD can be distressing, it also can be a transformative experience in positive ways. We hope that the tools and information presented here will help you make healthy and meaningful transformations in your post-SCAD life. ❤

As a contributor to the SCAD Warrior project, SCAD Alliance is proud to host the SCAD Warrior resources on its website. The SCAD Warrior team is grateful for this valuable collaboration, and we hope this new platform will create a seamless and user-friendly experience for SCAD survivors.

Please, remember these materials do not provide medical advice and are intended for educational purposes only. These materials are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read here. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or emergency line (911 in the US). 

Brought to you by

University of Colorado

Tina Pittman Wagers. PsyD

Teaching Professor Emerita, Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado Boulder

Jonathan A Shaffer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Colorado Denver

Kevin S. Masters. PhD

Professor of Psychology
Director of Clinical Health Psychology
Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

Debra Boeldt. PhD

Director of Digital Mental Health
National Mental Health Innovation Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Paul Embleton, PsyD Candidate

Software Developer
National Mental Health Innovation Center
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Stanford Medicine

Katherine S. Edwards, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

Massachusetts General Hospital

Malissa J. Wood, MD

Vice President and Chief Physician Executive
Heart Institute of Lee Health
Formerly Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

SCAD Alliance

Katherine K. Leon

Co-Founder, Board Chair, Advocate
SCAD Alliance

Additional Contributors


Esther S.H. Kim, MD, MPH

Director at the Center for Women's Cardiovascular Health at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute

Taira Birnie, BSc.Kin.

Case Manager, SCAD Cardiac Rehab
VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Jacqueline Saw, MD

Clinical Professor, Division of Cardiology
University of British Columbia
Program Director
VGH Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

David Adlam, MD

Associate Professor
Acute and Interventional Cardiology
University of Leicester

Jennifer A. Tremmel, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Cardiovascular Medicine