This is hopefully a non-scientists' explanation of SCAD, and is not intended to be a substitute for clinical evaluation or diagnosis. If you - or a loved one - have been diagnosed with SCAD, this page will hopefully reinforce some of the things you've been told by your own doctor.Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an unpredictable event with patients usually experiencing a sudden, unexpected heart attack. It can affect all age groups and is recognised as a cause of heart attacks in young adults.
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) typically affects young, healthy adults so if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with SCAD and told how rare it is, you are probably feeling an array of emotions... frightened, confused, anxious, traumatised, angry... It is completely normal to feel one or all of these emotions... you may also feel alone.
Our aim is to provide information and support to help you cope with your diagnosis and reduce the anxiety and isolation.
SCAD survivors in the UK have put together some colourful and informative leaflets about the condition. If you - or someone you know - has been affected by SCAD, please download them here.
We also have a leaflet intended for clinicians - to explain SCAD, this website, and the research projects we are involved with. Download it here.