Coronary Artery Dissection

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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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