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"How A Rare Condition Can Cause Heart Attacks In Healthy Young Women"

  • Today Online
  • New York, NY
  • (February 20, 2020)

Alexandra Valasek, a 33-year-old woman with no history of health problems, was startled to learn she had spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon condition that can cause heart attacks in healthy young women. “Spontaneous coronary artery dissection can be thought of as a tearing of the arteries of the heart, where all of the artery is compromised so there is poor blood supply,” said Jason Kovacic, MD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He added, “I suspect we are better at diagnosing and recognizing it.”

Jason C. Kovacic, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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