Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection Current State of the Science

Published: February 22, 2018

Female patient having angiography operation
  • Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an important cause of Myocardial Infarction, especially in young women, but its prevalence is uncertain because it's underdiagnosed. A lack of familiarity with the condition contributes to it being missed in young women even in the presence of classic symptoms. Limitations of current coronary angiographic techniques exacerbate this problem.
  • This scientific statement focuses on SCAD causes, its clinical course, treatment options, outcomes, and associated conditions; it tries to close some persistent knowledge gaps.
  • This statement identifies research priorities in epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment and poses key questions to spur collaboration.