SCAD can cause heart attack, heart failure, cardiac arrest and can be fatal. A tear or bruise develops in one or more coronary arteries which blocks blood flow.
SCAD can happen to anyone but predominantly affects women with no risk factors for heart disease.
There is no known cause and many patients are misdiagnosed because of low awareness of the condition. Delays in diagnosing SCAD can result in major damage to heart muscle, or death.
SCAD events have been reported in association with pregnancy and the post-partum period, menopause, connective tissue disorders, fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), and severe emotional or physical stress. Many cases have no identifiable association.
SCAD can recur and it is currently unknown whether it is a genetic or hereditary condition so research is absolutely essential to find out why it happens, how best to treat it, if it can be screened for, and if SCAD can be prevented.
Beat SCAD is a patient-led charity whose mission is threefold:
* Raise AWARENESS of SCAD
* Provide SUPPORT to people affected by SCAD
* Fund RESEARCH to understand SCAD
The patient group, led by Beat SCAD Trustee Chair Rebecca Breslin, initiated a research program with Dr David Adlam at the University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital. Over 120 patients have been assessed for the research and data are being analysed. More than 400 people have registered for the research so many more are waiting to take part in the hope of finding answers.
Please donate to support our cause and help the Beat SCAD Team continue to work towards our goal of a world which understands SCAD and where those affected are quickly and accurately diagnosed and never feel alone.
Together, we will beat SCAD!
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