Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

Webinar - Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is under-diagnosed and the true prevalence is underestimated. Unfortunately, SCAD is frequently missed on coronary angiogram since the arterial wall is not imaged with this test. Intracoronary imaging with optical coherence tomography or intravascular ultrasound improves the diagnosis of SCAD. SCAD is also frequently associated with predisposing arteriopathy and precipitating stressors. Management with revasularization is challenging, such that conservative therapy is typically recommended for stable patients, especially since the majority of SCAD lesions heal spontaneously. This webcast will provide an overview of the contemporary literature on SCAD.


Dr. Jacqueline Saw is an Interventional Cardiologist at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), with joint appointment at St Paul's Hospital. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and Program Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at VGH. She also served as the Head of VGH Cardiology Clinical Trials Research.

She was awarded Canada Scholar and the Dean's Entrance Scholarship for Natural Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where she did her undergraduate degree. She then obtained her medical doctorate at the University of Ottawa, where she graduated summa cum laude. She did her residency training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia, and served as Chief Cardiology Fellow. She then proceeded to Interventional Cardiology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic, which encompassed carotid, peripheral and structural interventional training. She has been an active staff with the Division of Cardiology at VGH and joint appointment at St Paul's Hospital since 2004. She is also a physician proctor/preceptor for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug/Amulet and WATCHMAN devices.

Dr. Saw's research interests include spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), antiplatelet therapy, percutaneous coronary intervention, carotid artery stenting, peripheral intervention, LAA closure, and non-atherosclerotic coronary artery disease [including SCAD and coronary fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) in women]. She is the principal investigator of the Canadian SCAD Study, PRYME, NACAD, SAFER-SCAD, Canadian WATCHMAN Registry, TAP-CABG, and ELAPSE studies. She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, including scientific research studies, review articles and book chapters. She is also the editor of two textbooks on carotid artery stenting, and a textbook on LAA closure.

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Target Audience

This free-to-attend interactive webinar is targeted at:

  • Interventional cardiologists
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Cardiologists
  • General internist and family physicians

Learning Objectives

This webinar is to inform and educate interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons on:

  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) definition & epidemiology
  • Diagnosis of SCAD on angiography and intracoronary imaging
  • Predisposing arteriopathy and precipitating stressors with SCAD
  • Management of SCAD

Key references:

  • Saw J, Aymong E, Buller CE, Starovoytov A, Ricci D, Robinson S, Vuurmans T, Gao M, Humphries K, Mancini GBJ. Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Association with Predisposing Arteriopathies and Precipitating Stressors, and Cardiovascular Outcomes. Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2014;7(5):645-55
  • Saw J. Coronary angiogram classification of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. Cathet Cardiovasc Interv 2014;84(7):1115-22
  • Saw J. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Can J Cardiol 2013 Sep;29(9):1027-33
  • Vijayaraghavan R, Verma S, Gupta N, Saw J. Pregnancy-Related Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. Clinician Update. Circulation 2014;130(21):1915-20

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