Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Posted by suzzles @suzzles, Nov 8, 2017

Is there a group that has information on new discoveries about SCAD?

Hello @suzzles

Welcome to Mayo Connect and thank you for posting about SCAD, here is the link to a discussion about SCAD on Mayo Connect, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cardiac-rehab-1/?pg=1#comment-69480.

I also found two websites that discuss SCAD as well,
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection/symptoms-causes/syc-20353711 and

If you are comfortable sharing with us, I’m wondering if you have been diagnosed with SCAD? If so, we would be interested in hearing about your symptoms and treatment. We look forward to getting to know you.


Hi @suzzles,

I wanted to follow up and share this other discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/heart-attack-at-37/ where @lily1234 and @elizabethmackenzie have written about their experience with SCAD. Mentor @kariulrich comments about the link between SCAD and FMD (fibromuscular dysplasia), which might interest you.

If you wish, you could also post your concerns in this past conversation on Connect, and may be able to reignite the discussion with @laurahcory @kakleon @jennifer99 and others in that group:
– Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-scad/

Hi everyone, I think I recognize some names. Just curious if those of you with SCAD have since found out that you also have FMD?

Has anyone been diagnosed with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection or SCAD? I need some information about this disease. How often does it re-occur? How often does it cause death? What are the long term outcomes for this disease? The doctor who did the diagnostic angiogram didn’t seem to know much and I am so confused and searching for some kind of answers.

Welcome to Connect, @geniehl.
You’ll notice that I moved your introductory post to this discussion on SCAD. Please meet @kariulrich @elizabethmackenzie @lily1234 and @suzzles.

Geniehl, please scroll through the previous comments to see some great resources that will help answer some of your questions. But I’m sure you’re here to connect with others. While we wait for others to chime in, please tell us a bit about you. Were you recently diagnosed with SCAD? Have you considered going to a specialist who is experienced in SCAD?

@geniehl welcome! SCAD is such a life changing event, and your questions are valid. I know there has been a lot of research done at Mayo and with Dr. Jackie Saw in Canada. Here is a good link that may answer some of your questions :https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection/symptoms-causes/syc-20353711 Also please take a look at Women Heart: http://www.womenheart.org/?page=Support_SCAD I dont believe all the answers to your questions will be found as this disease is just gaining momementum in research. I know several patients that have had multiple SCADs and are doing well now, however they also are very proactive in the prevention of secondary heart issues. Also there is a group of SCAD patients that have an underlying vascular disease called Fibromuscular Dysplasia. Did you doctor mention that to you? I am sure other SCAD patients will join in on this conversation. Would like to hear more about your experience if you would like to share. Again welcome and I am so glad you found us!

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