Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection —  (SCAD) — is an uncommon cardiac event that occurs when a tear forms in one or more of the coronary arteries near the heart.

SCAD can slow or block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm and sudden death.

 SCAD tends to affect mainly women aged 30 to 50, though it can occur at any age. People who experience SCAD are often healthy, and many don’t have risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.

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