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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: Dr. Fernando Alfonso , Spain
  • Chair-Elect: Sofie Gevaert, Belgium
  • Past-Chair: David Adlam, United Kingdom 

Executive Committee members:

  • Christiaan Vrints - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Piera Caprazano - Catania, Italy
  • Angela Maas - Nijmegen, The Netherlands 
  • Alexandre Persu - Brussels, Belgium


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 formulate and disseminate a European consensus on the diagnosis and management of SCAD
  • To maintain a European registry of SCAD patients to advance understanding of epidemiology and variations in patient management and outcomes
  • To establish a collaborative partnership to advance research into SCAD
  • To coordinate and support clinical and pre-clinical research into SCAD
  • To improve accurate diagnosis by raising awareness of SCAD
  • To support patients with this condition


 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 
European Heart Journal September 2018

A selection of recent articles in the field:


Spontaneous Coronary Arterious Dissection (SCAD) Registry