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Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare condition requiring specialized diagnosis and treatment. The Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program provides a multidisciplinary approach to care and is one of the few programs in the country researching SCAD.
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare condition that occurs when a tear forms in one or more blood vessels of the heart, which can slow or block blood flow to the heart and cause a heart attack. Although SCAD may seem similar to other conditions that cause heart attacks, it is a unique disorder that should be managed and monitored by specialists with expertise in the disease. At the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program in the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, a multidisciplinary team that includes experts in cardiology, vascular medicine and genetics works together to conduct a comprehensive evaluation in order to develop a treatment plan that is personalized to each patient's particular condition.In the majority of cases, SCAD is treated with medications that include blood thinners. In some cases, open heart surgery or a stent is needed. As part of your assessment, our team may recommend diagnostic testing with genetic screening and specialized imaging studies in order to define potential causes for your SCAD. We will also determine the best medications to treat your condition and follow you closely for the long term. Our team is dedicated to working with you to develop a treatment approach that allows you to lead an active life.
During your first consultation, your care team will conduct a physical examination and review your medical history. If you are a new patient, we ask that you bring a list of the medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Additionally, please bring any medical records, CDs of images, consultation notes, and notes on previous treatments and their effectiveness. We use this information at the time of your first visit to get a complete picture of your overall condition in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
We may recommend additional testing if needed and will help schedule your appointments. Our team will collaborate with your referring physician and ensure that she or he is aware of any test results and next steps in your treatment.
Our dedicated nurse coordinator is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am-5:00 pm to take relevant information about your condition and make a timely appointment with our team. Call 866-644-8910 to speak to the nurse coordinator or request an appointment online.
As an academic medical center, Mass General is committed to studying diseases and developing new approaches in treatment. Our researchers are leaders within their respective fields and collaborate with colleagues in various departments across the hospital. As a patient, you can benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.
The goal of the SCAD research at Mass General is to determine potential causes of the disease as well as how to best manage this condition. Our researchers are committed to finding ways to improve the quality of life of patients with SCAD.
Our research aims to:
If you have SCAD and wish to participate in our SCAD research studies or request further information regarding our research registry, please contact Shernette Wood, at email@example.com or 617-726-0995.
Mass General is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 different specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit. Our SCAD team works in close contact with your other physicians to ensure a coordinated, seamless experience.
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