Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
SCAD usually presents with symptoms of chest pain, commonly described as heaviness or pressure, possibly with radiation to the neck or arms, and associated with shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting.
During your evaluation, your doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and concerns. She will listen to your heart and lungs and observe your physical appearance. You will also need several, possibly all, of the following tests:
An electrocardiogram is a procedure that records the electrical activity of the heart.
An echocardiogram (echo for short) is a cardiac ultrasound that helps assess heart conditions.
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (Cardiac MRI) is an MRI for your heart. It uses powerful magnets to create pictures of the heart and coronary arteries.
Genetic testing is a blood test that looks for errors, or mutations, in your DNA and genes.
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