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Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is a little known and poorly understood type of a heart attack caused when a sudden tear occurs within the layers of one or more arteries to the heart. This tear blocks blood flow causing a heart attack and sometimes death. Most patients are young, healthy and active women who do not have the typical risk factors of heart disease. Although less common, it can affect men too. SCAD can recur.
Research has identified several associated conditions and shown that patients with acute SCAD should be treated differently from other heart attack patients. Diagnosing and treating SCAD is more complex than traditional heart attacks. There is still no known cause and no way to prevent SCAD. Research is needed to identify the causes and the best treatment options.
SCAD - #1 cause of heart attacks in women under age 50, pregnant women & new moms
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- SCAD Research, Inc. - Jan Saillard