- July 30th 2012
Chest pain should not be dismissed in young, fit patients because it could be a symptom of spontaneous coronary artery dissection, which often affects otherwise healthy individuals, a new study says.
Women appear to have a greater risk of developing the condition than do men, said Rajiv Gulati, MD, PhD, lead author of the study published online July 16 in Circulation.
More research is needed to determine the cause of spontaneous coronary artery dissection, he said. But potential factors associated with the condition include fibromuscular dysplasia, extreme physical activity and hormones (the condition was most common in women during the three months after giving birth).
An estimated 800 new cases of spontaneous coronary artery dissection occur in the U.S. each year, the study said. But many other cases go undiagnosed, in part, due to the difficulty of identifying the problem on an angiogram, Dr. Gulati said.
“SCAD is not related to plaque buildup that more commonly causes [Read more]