Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) survivor and advocate. Co-founder of SCAD Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving care and outcomes of SCAD, to ultimately empower survivors and their health partners. A SCAD is a tear or split in the artery that causes acute coronary syndrome, heart attack or sudden death. There are no known controllable risk factors to prevent SCAD. Signs and symptoms of SCAD are those of a heart attack, and should be treated as an emergency.
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