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Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection - SCAD Study group

of the Association for Acute CardioVascular Care

This study groups aims at improving awareness and understanding of this rare coronary artery disease.
By establishing a European SCAD registry, the group creates a platform for collaborative research.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is 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.

The European SCAD registry is a platform for collaborative research into this condition.

The SCAD Study Group, with interested parties from ESC partner countries, establishes lead national collaborators around which to build the SCAD registry and research infrastructure.

Study group leadership

The study group on SCAD, created in January 2016, is part of ACVC.

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 Regazzol , Ingo Ahrens , Jeroem Bax , Bram Kroon , Fernando Alfonso , Alec Vahania , 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

Recent Publications

European Society of Cardiology, acute cardiovascular care association, SCAD study group: a position paper on spontaneous coronary artery dissection

A selection of recent articles in the field: