We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization made up of families impacted by spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon type of a heart attack. Some families are fortunate - their loved ones survived. Other families have only memories.
SCAD is an uncommon, poorly understood type of a heart attack. It typically impacts young, healthy individuals especially women. Unlike most heart attacks where plaque builds up over a lifetime, SCAD happens without warning when a tear forms in a heart blood vessel. This tear can slow or block blood flow, causing a heart attack. SCAD can be fatal.
Approximately 80-90% of those impacted by SCAD are women with 10-20% of SCAD occurring peripartum. The average age is 42 years young. SCAD is the #1 cause of heart attack among NEW MOTHERS and women under the age of 50. SCAD can recur. Since diagnosis is not always clear, some individuals impacted by SCAD have been misdiagnosed.
Since we started in 2011, SCAD Research, Inc. has raised and donated $260,000 to Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN) groundbreaking SCAD Research Program. Research is expensive. Every dollar given to research helps to uncover answers that are waiting to be found.
Join us in our quest to find answers and help save lives.