Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD): An important cause of heart attacks in young women

What is it? SCAD is an uncommon but potentially dangerous cause for heart attacks in young patients and especially young women (less than 50 years of age). Most heart attacks occur because of a blockage in the lumen of a coronary artery. This is usually because of build-up of atherosclerotic plaque over a number of years and this is why heart attacks are more common in the elderly. In SCAD however [...]