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Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection - SCAD Study group

of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association

The study group on SCAD is part of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA).
The study group has been created in January 2016.

It aims to improve awareness and understanding of this rare coronary artery disease.
By establishing a European SCAD registry the group aims to create a platform for collaborative research.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is, as you know, a rare cause of acute myocardial infarction with a predilection for younger mostly female patients and is a primary cause of post-partum AMI.

Current knowledge about the epidemiology, optimal clinical and procedural management, pathophysiology and outcomes is limited to small national series.

In partnership with the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA), we are establishing a European SCAD registry as a platform for collaborative research into this condition.

As a first step we would like to establish a SCAD Study Group with interested parties from ESC partner countries aiming to establish lead national collaborators around which to build the SCAD registry and research infrastructure.

Study group leadership:

Chair: David Adlam

Co-Chair: Christiaan Vrints

Study group members:

Maddalena Lettino            
Hector Bueno            
Chris Gale            
Angela Maas            
Alexandre Persu            
Johannes Holfeld            
Joao Morais            
Wolfgang Dichtl            
Francois Schiele            
Uwe Zeymer            
Avi Shimony         
Eva Swahn             
Vera Regitz-Zagrosek            
Sofia Sederholm Lawesson            
Zaza  Iakobishvili            
Sofie Gevaert            
Gioria Weisz             
Corrado Lettieri            
Peter Leeuw            
Peter Ong            
Udo Sechtem            
Lene Holmvang        
Fernando Alfonso            
Javier Escaned            
Damiano Regazzoli        
Ingo Ahrens            
Udo Sechtem    
Jeroem Bax         
Bram Kroon                     
Fernando Alfonso             
Alec Vahanian        
Pascal Montreff             
Ghada Mikhail            
Enrique Gutiérrez Ibañes            
Pierre-Francois Plouin         
Patricia VanderNiepen         
Tom Adriaenssens            
Steven Haine


If you are interested in participating in this initiative, or can identify someone else from your country or another ESC country who is interested in SCAD, please contact


  • To improve awareness of spontaneous coronary artery dissection
  • To advise clinicians seeking aid with patient management
  • To promote collaboration
  • To create a European Registry of SCAD survivors to facilitate research



 If you:

  • Are seeking advice about patient management
  • Have a patient who has suffered a SCAD interested in study participation
    please contact