Heart survivor, 34, backs vital research

Rebecca Breslin with family and friends raising money for heart charity SCAD PHOTO: Tim Williams
Rebecca Breslin with family and friends raising money for heart charity SCAD PHOTO: Tim Williams
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A MELTON woman is raising funds and awareness for a rare and poorly understood medical condition.

Rebecca Breslin (34) suffered a heart attack two months ago as a result of a sudden tear to a coronary artery which blocked the flow of blood to the heart muscle.

It’s called a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) and while Rebecca, of Wren Close, is still undergoing rehabilitation she’s already campaigning.

Her first act was to organise a fundraising walk in Melton Country Park to coincide with a similar event in the USA where a SCAD charity is funding a research project.

She’s also made contact with the British Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity and in time hopes to organise a meeting of UK ‘SCAD survivors’ to promote greater awareness.

Describing what happened to her, Rebecca said: “I was woken up by the most intense chest pain, it was as if someone was trying to push me through the bed. I felt naseous and light-headed and the pain radiated down my left arm.

“I work on clinical trials, mainly cardiovascular studies, at Nottingham Science Park but it didn't seem right that I might be having a cardiac problem as I’m only 34.

“My husband Liam was working away so I called my sister Gina and it was only when I tried to speak I realised how breathless I was.”

First on the scene was Gina’s partner Simon who called 999. Rebecca was taken initially to Grantham Hospital and then transferred to Glenfield Hospital where she had a second episode. She is now being medically treated.

Rebecca said: “It was a complete shock but everyone has their own battles to fight and you have to keep your head up. I intend to fly the flag for SCAD in the UK.”

l To make a donation visit www.scadresearch.org