SCAD FAQs

  • 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, and has occurred in individuals in their teens
  • SCAD typically occurs in people with no standard risk factors for heart attack (such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes); the underlying cause of SCAD is unknown in most patients
  • Pregnancy is an associated condition: 20% of SCAD cases in women occur near the time of delivery of a baby
  • Extreme physical activity or emotional stress has been associated with SCAD
  • Certain genetic mutations and a related condition called fibro muscular dysplasia (FMD) can increase the risk of dissections of arteries in others parts of the body
  • SCAD can recur which can create a high level of uncertainty and anxiety for SCAD Heart Attack Survivors: up to 17% of patients will experience another SCAD over a 10-year follow-up period
  • Regardless of your age, gender or fitness levels, if you or someone you know if suffering heart attack symptoms, seek urgent medical advice.

Source: the Mayo Clinic