Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) can trigger a dangerous domino effect in the heart.
SCAD is caused by a small tear or a bulging hematoma within the wall of the artery.
Blood accumulates within the artery wall. As it grows, the space for blood flow narrows, which can cause a heart attack or sudden heart death.
SCAD is a completely different type of heart attack. Research is new in this area, so we are still learning the impact on patient populations around the world.
80-90% of SCAD patients are women.
10-40% of all heart attacks in women under the age of 50 are due to SCAD.*
*Percentages are estimates due to underdiagnosis of SCAD.
If you were diagnosed with a heart attack and fit this profile, consider visiting a heart specialist with expertise in SCAD.
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