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, which causes a clot to form within the wall of the blood vessel. As the clot expands if blocks or slows blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm or sudden death.
SCAD often occurs in people who aren’t ‘typical’ heart attack patients– healthy & fit women (and much less commonly, men), who lead an active lifestyle and often have no family history of heart disease.
Regardless of your age, gender or fitness levels, if you or someone you know if suffering heart attack symptoms, call triple zero (000) immediately.
– Source: the Mayo Clinic
A major challenge in diagnosing a SCAD heart attack is getting health care practitioners to see beyond the young, seemingly healthy individual. If your GP or medical practitioner has not treated SCAD patients in the past, the latest best treatment practices are available on our website www.SCADResearch.com.au