University of Leicester

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is an unpredictable event with patients usually experiencing a sudden, unexpected heart attack.
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<p>Thanks for taking the time to visit the University of Leicester SCAD page.SCAD results from an acute bleed into the vessel wall of a coronary artery creating a false lumen (a lumen is the term for the inside of a blood vessel, the 'tube' down which the blood is supposed to flow). This accumulation of blood compresses the true lumen, restricting or preventing blood flow to the heart muscle.&nbsp;</p><p>SCAD can affect all age groups and is recognised as a cause of heart attacks in young adults. Both sexes can be affected but it is more common in women, in particular during or soon after pregnancy. Sadly some cases of SCAD are fatal.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr David Adlam is leading a team researching SCAD at the University of Leicester. <a href=""></a></p>

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Leicester is consistently one of the most socially inclusive of the UK’s leading universities with a long-standing commitment to providing fairer and equal access to higher education. Our commitment to an inclusive and accessible culture opens the doors to the very best, no matter their background.

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