Coronary Artery Dissection

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Coronary Artery Dissection
Coronary Artery Dissection

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SCAD: The Ultimate Heart Break

All the research done so far to understand spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) has turned up only a single confirmed risk factor. Having a heart. That's it. No one can explain why SCAD strikes certain hearts.

However, researchers are beginning to see trends and possible clues.

  • The majority of these hearts are young -- an average age of 42, ranging from age 19 to mid-60s.
  • Mostly are females -- one-third of whom are pregnant or have recently given birth. (Only between 20 percent and 30 percent are male.)
  • Regardless of gender, these hearts belong to people who are active and healthy with no evidence of coronary artery disease or risk…

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 SCAD: The Ultimate Heart Break

Should you yourself panic about SCAD? Not yet. The data so far tells us the odds of you having a heart attack from SCAD are slim. These studies, however, are small, don't accurately reflect men, and don't account for the many who are misdiagnosed or who suffer undiagnosed sudden cardiac death. SCAD matters, though, because it is the ultimate proof of why listening to our bodies is crucial.

SCAD Alliance

SCAD is a difficult diagnosis to get your heart around. We’re here to help.

SCAD Research

SCAD Research Inc. is dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds for the most promising research. The leading research is currently at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota...

SCAD Survivors

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It used to be, and sadly remains in almost 70% of cases, a deadly condition often only correctly identified post-mortem during autopsy... In women, it’s usually the Left Anterior Descending coronary artery involved; in men, it’s typically the Right Main. The tear can either be ‘primary’, occurring spontaneously out of the blue, or ‘secondary’ as a consequence of undergoing coronary angiography, coronary intervention, cardiac surgery or chest trauma.

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