Research Study

Canadian Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) Cohort Study
Principal Investigator 
Jacqueline Saw


Body Locations and Systems 
Closed for Recruitment
Study Start/End 
May 1, 2014 to May 31, 2029
Diamond Health Care Centre, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital
Andrew Starovoytov, Study Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

SCAD (Spontaneous coronary artery dissection - tear in the arterial wall that is not related to trauma) is an under-diagnosed and poorly understood condition that mostly affects young women without common cardiovascular risk factors, and can result in heart attack and death. This observational study is designed to capture the disease's natural history and predisposing arteriopathies (medical conditions resulting in changes in the arteries), treatment strategies, long-term cardiovascular outcomes. It will also improve the diagnosis of SCAD on coronary angiography by participating clinicians, and provide guidance on investigating predisposing conditions.


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