No one knows specifically what causes SCAD. No one knows if it can be prevented. Doctors are limited by scarce research of this condition and can’t educate patients about what their expectations should be, when they should be worried, or whether they will face another heart attack.
SCAD survivors are typically young men and women, trying to put fear behind them and move forward. Families who have lost a loved one to SCAD want to understand why, as they struggle with their grief.
The belief among the SCAD community is that SCAD is less rare than was first thought and actually is a frequently under-diagnosed form of a heart attack. Funds are needed, not only to find answers, but also to bring awareness and answers to health care professionals. Emergency rooms need to especially take seriously young, healthy women when they complain of classic heart attack symptoms. Many SCAD patients are discharged from the ER before it is determined that they are, in fact, suffering a cardiac event.
Through your tax-deductible contribution to SCAD Research, Inc., you will help us raise awareness and funds to support the most promising SCAD research, which we currently have found to be the clinical trials at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). Your donation will be used for SCAD research-related costs, including but not limited to:
- recruiting additional patients into the studies
- reviewing vast medical records and enrolling patients into a global registry
- building a DNA biobank to seek genetic markers and clues
- analyzing outcomes based on treatments
- educating patients, families, the medical community at large, and the media about SCAD
With your help, the mystery of SCAD can be solved. Lives will be saved.