What is SCAD?

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an under-diagnosed heart condition that can’t currently be predicted or prevented. It affects people with few or none of the normal risk factors for heart disease.

SCAD can be fatal, cause heart failure, cardiac arrest, require heart bypass surgery, stents or medical management.

SCAD occurs when a tear or a bruise develops in one of the coronary arteries resulting in a blockage that prevents normal blood flow. This can result in a heart attack.

SCAD affects mainly women. SCADs can occur during or soon after pregnancy. Menopause, extreme stress and exercise and connective tissue disorders have also been associated with SCAD but as yet we don’t know exactly what causes SCAD.

Watch this video from the Mayo Clinic in the US to find out more.