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
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