Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a non-traumatic and non-iatrogenic separation of the coronary artery wall that is now recognised as an important cause of myocardial infarction, especially in younger women. SCAD can be elusive on coronary angiography and clinician familiarity with non-pathognomonic angiographic SCAD variants and the use of intracoronary imaging will improve diagnosis. Conservative management and long-term cardiovascular follow-up are typically recommended.


Jacqueline Saw - Division of Cardiology, Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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