The story of SCAD underscores how much doctors still don’t understand, including about heart disease in women.
Here is her amazing story, the tale of a young, healthy woman whose heart fell apart so drastically that she needed a new one... and got it, giving her a second chance at life and igniting a passion for helping others.
The Mayo Clinic Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) Research Program is part of an innovative multidisciplinary collaborative research and clinical practice initiative formed in 2010. The goal of the program is to advance the understanding of the underlying causes and risk factors for SCAD and develop solutions for optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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 is a difficult diagnosis to get your heart around. We’re here to help.
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...
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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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