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We'd like to welcome you to our new website for SCAD research in the UK and Europe. The site is being developed and hosted by the team at the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, under the clinical direction of Dr David Adlam, a senior lecturer with a special research interest in SCAD. SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection) is an unpredictable event, with patients usually presenting with a sudden unexpected heart attack. It can affect all age groups and is recognised as a cause of heart attacks in young adults. Both sexes can be affected but it is more common in women, in particular during or soon after pregnancy. Sadly some cases of SCAD are fatal. 

The SCAD UK and Europe research portal is part of an international collaboration of patients, doctors and scientists to undertake research into this condition. If you have had SCAD and wish to participate in research to help understand this condition please register. Our research team will then contact you with further information. Registration does not commit you to participate. If you are a medical professional and have a patient who has had SCAD please advise them of our research program.

Linda's story

Wednesday 2nd May 2007 I was walking our dog with my husband when I felt pain and pins & needle like sensations down my left arm.  I said to my husband, I'm sure I have just had a heart attack and he said I'm sure you would know!

Catherine's story

My SCAD occurred on the longest day of the year, June 21st 1999. I was 9 months pregnant at the time. The pregnancy was my fourth; I had had three previous miscarriages with no known cause... I did some research of my own and my GP at the time agreed to me taking a 75 mg Aspirin daily for the first 36 weeks of the pregnancy.  Little did I know I would need to take Aspirin for the rest of my life!

Christine's story

My SCAD occurred on 10 March 2011.  I was 49.  
I was pretty sure I was having a heart attack as I had pressure on my chest and weakness in my arms but no pain.  At the time it happened I was gardening.  MI was diagnosed after a couple of hours in A&E and blood test results came back.  I was taken to Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital for an angiogram and a stent was fitted. 

SCAD research takes front page in BRU newsletter

The front page of the LCBRU newsletter

The summer 2013 issue of the Leicester Cardiovascular BRU's public newsletter featured a front page article on Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, the creation of the scad.lcbru.le.ac.uk website, and the research programme being initiated between the LCBRU and the Mayo Clinic in the USA. The recent tour of the BRU at Glenfield by some UK SCAD survivors also gets a mention.

Exciting research partnership into SCAD

The launch of the SCAD UK and Europe research portal is the first step in what we hope will be a powerful alliance into SCAD research. Researchers from the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, at Glenfield Hospital's Cardiovascular Research Centre, will be working with colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, to build up a much larger group of SCAD research subjects than has ever been assembled before.



All of us at the SCAD UK and Europe research portal would like to say 'Congratulations' to Rebecca Breslin, who has been a source of great encouragement in getting this website going, on her appointment as a Director of 'SCAD Research'.

Rebecca Breslin is a Clinical Data manager and SCAD survivor living in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. She has hosted several fundraisers, including two Walks, and has greatly expanded the profile of SCAD Research in the United Kingdom.



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