SCAD

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare but serious condition that results when an inner layer of one of the blood vessels in the heart tears. Blood seeps between the artery layers, forms a blockage and can slow or block blood flow to the heart, causing angina, heart attack, abnormalities in heart rhythm or sudden death. Women in their 40s and 50s are most at risk of SCAD, although it can occur at any age and also in men. The majority of people who develop SCAD are often healthy with no known risk factors of heart disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high blood cholesterol.

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