Infographic: How heart-healthy people can suffer a heart attack

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How Heart-Healthy People Can Suffer a Heart Attack

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 primarily affects women.

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.

A second look.

If you were diagnosed with a heart attack and fit this profile, consider visiting a heart specialist with expertise in SCAD.

  • Female
  • Under 50
  • Low risk factors for heart disease
  • Recently gave birth
  • Severe emotional stress before symptoms
  • Engaged in extreme physical exertion before symptoms
  • History of artery abnormalities (such as fibromuscular dysplasia) or connective tissue problems

MayoClinic.org; NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov

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