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research into SCAD

Liza in hospital comforting her worried little boy after she suffered from a SCAD attack that left a tear in the major artery of her heart, causing a heart attack.

Stop this heart condition killing apparently healthy, younger women

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a condition that was thought to be very rare, but it is now clear that almost 1 in 4 heart attacks in women under 50 are caused by it.

SCAD is a frightening condition that can occur without warning. It causes the main artery of the heart to spontaneously tear, resulting in a heart attack.

It’s not known what causes SCAD. But right now researchers at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute are conducting vital research to try and find out.

There are three elements of this research, which is aimed at exploring the genetics of SCAD.

The first element involves analysing a patient’s entire genetic make-up to identify any commonalities amongst people with SCAD.

The second is to study a patient’s skin cells to see if we can identify any unique characteristics which might shed light on why women are more likely to suffer a SCAD heart attack.

Down the track, we also hope to use blood vessel cells to screen potential medication that might help prevent or reduce the occurrence of SCAD.

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