We My SCAD and I: Nisha's Story
October 21, 2016
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an uncommon and poorly understood type of heart attack that can lead to cardiac arrest and death. It typically affects otherwise healthy young people, especially women. It’s the #1 cause of heart attack among NEW MOTHERS and women under the age of 50. Most people with SCAD are YOUNG, HEALTHY, ACTIVE, and have NO FAMILY HISTORY of heart disease. Although less common, SCAD can affect MEN too.
Unlike most heart attacks where plaque builds up over a lifetime, SCAD typically happens without warning when a tear forms in a heart blood vessel. This tear can slow or block blood flow, causing a heart attack. SCAD can only be diagnosed by angiogram or in case of death, an autopsy. With advances in medical technology and awareness, more individuals are surviving! However, very little is known about SCAD and there is currently no known cause, no known cure, and no known long term prognosis. SCAD can recur. The biggest factor at this time between a survivor and a fatality of SCAD is the proximity to an equipped and educated emergency room and a skilled cardiologist at the time of occurrence.
SCAD Research, an all-volunteer, grassroots organization formed in 2011, has raised and donated $260,000 to Mayo Clinic’s (Rochester, MN) groundbreaking SCAD Research Program. SCAD Research, Inc is the primary supporter of the SCAD Research Program at Mayo Clinic.
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