SCAD in the news

SCAD patients have appeared in various press articles in the past few years. Click on the links below to find out more.
SCAD survivors in the press


Eastern Daily Press article about Sue, Maura and Liz’s SCADs

Metro article about Rose Murphy’s SCAD

Kent Online article about Rose Murphy’s SCAD

BBC North West news piece about Katie Ratcliffe and her family’s awareness and fundraising activities.

The Daily Express article about Katie Ratcliffe, who died following a SCAD.



No 1 Magazine article about four Scottish SCAD patients.

Jo Ward tells her SCAD story to The Sun

Sally Bee talks about her fears after having two SCADs to the Daily Mail.

Sam talks about her SCAD and cardiac arrest to Nottinghamshire Live.

Three supporters cycle from the London Eye to Istanbul to raise money for Beat SCAD.

SCAD patient Roisin raises money for local charity in Northern Ireland.

Beat SCAD co-founder Karen Rockell competes in the World Transplant Games.

Victoria’s story was featured in Women’s Health July 2019. Download the pdf here.


Melton Times report on Luke Adams’ winning Christmas card design.

Rutland & Stamford Mercury’s report on Luke Adams winning the Design a Christmas Card competition.

Gazette’s report on Iain Hamilton’s fundraising at pub quizzes.

Edinburgh Evening News story about Jennifer and Karen Heenan’s fundraising walk.

Daily Record story about Jennifer and Karen Heenan walking the West Highland Way to raise money for Beat SCAD.

Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre story about Beat SCAD Conference.

Jennifer and Karen Heenan walk the 96-mile West Highland Way in aid of Beat SCAD.

Matt Johnson runs third of his 56 races before he’s 56 in memory of his mum, Carole, who died following a SCAD.

Victoria Warnes Elgie’s story in the Maidenhead Advertiser.

Kerry-Ann Richter’s story in the Evening Express.

Diane Rayson’s SCAD story in Spalding Today.


Euro Intervention article about recurrent SCAD by the Leicester research team.

Evening Standard article about Liz Huchison’s SCAD.

Leicestershire Press article about Liam Breslin’s marathon in aid of Beat SCAD.

Burnley Express article about Mel Moon’s SCAD.

Express article about SCAD.

The Sun story about Sally Bee’s SCADs.

Burton Mail story about Catherine Beck’s SCAD in 1999.

The Star story about 34-year-old Laura Needham’s SCAD.

Melton Times story about Rebecca Breslin supporting the BHF’s Wear It, Bear It campaign.

BBC News with SCAD survivor Harriet Mulvaney promoting the BHF’s My Marathon challenge.

ITV Central report on SCAD and patients taking part in a research day at Glenfield on Rare Disease Day (28 February).

Eagle Radio article about Kate Alderton’s SCAD story.

The BBC Victoria Derbyshire show story about Nicki Owen’s SCAD at 29 weeks pregnant and Kate Alderton’s SCAD after a 20km run.

The Mirror article about Nicki Owen’s SCAD at 29 weeks pregnant.

The Hull Daily Mail article about Nicki Owen’s SCAD when she was 29 weeks pregnant.

The Huddersfield Examiner’s story about Paula Leadbeater and her mother-in-law’s Scones for SCAD event.

Belfast Live’s report about Julie McAllister marking the fifth anniversary of her SCAD by taking part in the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke Red Dress Run on 11 February.


British Heart Foundation article featuring Rebecca Breslin and Dr David Adlam, discussing what it’s like living with a heart condition no-one has any answers for.

Daily Mail article featuring Rebecca Breslin, discussing why slim people can still be affected by health conditions commonly associated with overweight people.

Heart UK article about Jane Morgan’s SCAD experience.

Radio Leicester interview with Rebecca Breslin about the BHF Heart Heroes Award, SCAD and Beat SCAD.

Beat SCAD Chair Rebecca Breslin wins a British Heart Foundation Heart Heroes Award for Innovation.

Melton Times story about Rebecca Breslin winning the BHF Heart Hero Award for Innovation.

Leicester Mercury story about Rebecca Breslin’s BHF Heart Hero Award nomination.

Melton Times story about Rebecca Breslin, Beat SCAD Chair’s nomination for a BHF Heart Hero Award.

Belfast Telegraph story about Karen Ebrahim, sister of SCAD patient Bronnach Pemberton, who is running a marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Ilkley Gazette article about a lady taking part in a skydive in memory of her friend, Christine Tomlinson, who died following a SCAD event.

Mirror article about women in their 30s who have heart attacks, featuring SCAD survivors Laura Needham and Sally Bee.

Coventry Telegraph article about Sally Bee and her new restaurant, Nutrilicious at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel.

Basildon Canvey Southend Echo story about Nicola Worts’ SCAD event. and the same story on the East of England Ambulance Service website.

Scottish Daily Record story about Jennifer and Karen Heenan’s fundraising for Beat SCAD’s Scones for SCAD events.

British Heart Foundation video about the UK SCAD research project, released on Rare Disease Day (29 February 2016).

ITV News item about SCAD and the UK research project featuring Beat SCAD’s Rebecca Breslin.

Charity News story about SCAD and the UK research project.

Pippa Day and Katy Dyson’s story in the BHF’s Heart Matters magazine about their friendship following SCAD events.

Tracy Frost interview with North Somerset Times about raising money by taking part in the BHF Dechox fundraiser.

Rebecca Breslin’s interview on BBC Radio Leicester Jonathan Lampon’s show.


Daily Post North Wales report about Gwyn Thorburn having a SCAD heart attack following a fire at her home.

Kempston Calling report about Debbie Oliver’s involvement in the launch of Beat SCAD.

Other Bedfordshire press: South Bedford Bulletin, Bedford Castle Quarter, West Bedford Bulletin and Mid Beds Bulletin.

Cambridge Times story about SCAD survivor Diane Baldry’s award from Slimming World.

Melton Times report on Rebecca Breslin’s involvement in the launch of Beat SCAD.

Northampton Chronicle report on Karen Rockell’s involvement in the launch of Beat SCAD.

Daily Mail interview with Sally Bee about long-term effects of medication.

Express interview with Rebecca Breslin (May 2015).

Involve article about SCAD survivors who used social media for public involvement in research.

Run ABC Scotland article about Sandra McLeod’s 5K run to raise money for charity (July 2015).

Daily Record article about a brass band charity event organised by Jennifer Heenan and her sister Karen in Bathgate raised money for SCAD research (August 2015).

Edinburgh News article about new blood test that could recognise heart attacks sooner. SCAD survivor Roisin Falconer was interviewed (October 2015)

Mirror interview with Nicki Owens about her heart attack when she was 29 weeks pregnant (October 2015).

Agnes Van de Wolfshaar’s story in Dutch magazine Margriet.

Article in Dutch about SCAD, quoting Angela Maas, founder of Heart for Women and professor of cardiology for women at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.


British Heart Foundation Mending Broken Hearts Appeal – Bronnach Pemberton’s story.

Gloucestershire Echo interview with Sally Bee and launch of her book ‘The Secret Ingredient Family Cookbook’ (January 2014).

Mirror interview with Sally Bee about how eating healthily helped her survive her heart attacks (February 2014).

Patienttalk article about how Rebecca Breslin and SCAD patients used social media and patient power to push for research (August 2014).

Leicester Mercury interview with Rebecca Breslin about how the UK research project started (September 2014).


Ulster Herald interview with Bronnach Pemberton (April 2013).

Western Morning News interview with Bronnach Pemberton (April 2013).

Yorkshire Evening Post interview with Bronnach Pemberton (May 2013).

Edinburgh News article about how Bernadette Hamilton and Yvonne Campbell met following coverage of Bernadette’s SCAD (May 2013).

Express ‘Critical illness changed our lives for ever’ article, including interview with Bronnach Pemberton (June 2013).

Mail interview with Sally Bee about how to get your life back on track after a heart attack (July 2013).

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham report on the launch of Sally Bee’s book ‘After Your Heart Attack – a Guide to Getting Your Life Back on Track’ (December 2013).


Melton Times interview with Rebecca Breslin about the SCAD research project in Leicester (May 2012).

Derby Telegraph interview with Louise Pearson and Charlotte Gray (May 2012).

Edinburgh News interview with Bernadette Hamilton (August 2012).

Melton Times report on Rebecca and Liam Breslin’s fund-raising for SCAD research, including Liam’s half marathon (October 2012).

Birmingham Mail interview with Sally Bee (July 2008, updated October 2012).