What is SCAD

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an uncommon emergency heart condition that occurs when a tear forms in one of the blood vessels in the heart. SCAD can slow or block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm or sudden death. SCADs typically occur in people with no standard risk factors for heart attack & while the Mayo Clinic SCAD study has identified some associated conditions (such as FMD), the underlying cause of SCAD is unknown in most patients.

of SCAD cases are under 50 years, and has occurred in individuals in their teens
10-15% of SCAD cases in women occur near the time of delivery of a baby
of patients will experience another SCAD over a 10-year follow-up period

SCAD is a heart condition which requires urgent treatment

SCAD is more common in women than men

70% of SCAD cases occur in people under age 50 years

SCAD typically occurs in people with no standard risk factors for heart attack

About Us

Established in 2016 by SCAD Heart Attack survivors, SCAD Research Inc. is a non-government funded charity dedicated to changing the outcome for SCAD Heart Attack sufferers across Australia. Founded and run by heart attack survivors, we are on a mission to improve the diagnosis, treatment and survival rates for every Mum, sister, Dad, brother or friend who suffers a heart attack – to save their life and minimise the chances of recurrence.


SCAD Survivors share their stories


The brilliant scientists and medical professionals at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute led by Professor Bob Graham and the Mayo Clinic SCAD Study led by Professor Sharonne Hayes are dedicated to finding the optimal diagnosis, treatment and ultimately prevention of SCAD Heart Attacks but they can’t do it alone! You can make a difference and help us to beat SCAD Heart Attacks by making a tax deductible donation today.


  • $20 can help fund DNA tests & survivor medical questionnaires to better understand SCAD Heart Attacks


  • $50 can go towards funding SCAD Medical Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute


  • $100 can help fund life saving research into the optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of SCAD Heart Attacks

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