“SCAD isn’t rare. It’s rare to meet a survivor.”

This quote speaks to the heart of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, or SCAD.
In the hospital, survivors are told SCAD is rare. At that moment, you are alone in the
Universe. Yet, you are not alone. SCAD Alliance is with you.

A growing network of fellow Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection survivors, researchers and clinicians are devoted to the mission of supporting you, your family and your health care team.

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) occurs when the inner layer of an artery tears, creating a blood clot or blockage that results in acute coronary syndrome, heart attack or sudden death. The SCAD Alliance mission is to be the leader in advancing the science of SCAD through improved knowledge and cooperation among health care professionals, patients and their families. We pursue this mission by educating key audiences and fostering unique interdisciplinary collaborations to address the far-reaching implications of SCAD. By empowering survivors and their health partners with this expertise, we will see the day when no one endures the heart break of SCAD.

This website will grow with you as the science of SCAD develops and new information is available. For now, please meet our team and Scientific Advisory Board. Learn about SCAD and subscribe to our e-News for updates.

SCAD Alliance is committed to improving the lives of SCAD patients and their families through education, advocacy, research and support. SCAD is a difficult diagnosis to get your heart around, but we’re on a mission to change that.

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    In response to the American Heart Association Scientific Statement on Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) in Women, SCAD Alliance issued the following news brief:  “In validating rare diagnosis of SCAD, AHA heals hearts”    ...