Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart conditions (cardiologists), hereditary conditions (medical genetics) and others research genetics, causes, diagnosis and treatment of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Mayo Clinic doctors have studied new methods to identify and recruit people for research studies. For example, through a disease-specific social media network, researchers successfully identified and recruited people who had spontaneous coronary artery dissection to participate in research. This study continues to be used as a model for developing virtual multicenter disease registries in research studies.
Using methods from that study, researchers are coordinating a multicenter SCAD registry and SCAD DNA biobank. This effort is aimed at identifying best treatments, diagnostic tests and causes of SCAD. In 2012, researchers published the largest case series to date of the care and outcomes of SCAD patients, detailing almost 90 people who had SCAD and were treated at Mayo Clinic.
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See a list of publications by Mayo authors on spontaneous coronary artery dissection on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.