About the Cause

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) is a life-threatening condition in which a tear occurs in the arterial wall of the heart. This tear blocks blood flow to the heart causing a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest and sometimes death. Although SCAD is considered a rare condition, it is one of the leading causes of heart attacks in young women under 50 who are otherwise healthy and who have few or no risk factors for heart disease.

Join us for our inaugural SCAD 5K Fun Run along Jericho Beach in support of the Canadian SCAD Study to advance our knowledge and management of this rare and challenging condition.

This event is also a platform to build awareness and for the SCAD community to come together, share knowledge and empower each other. We welcome all patients, friends, families, health care providers and supporters to join us.

Impact of Donations & SCAD Research in BC

Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is a highly specialized referral centre for SCAD patients throughout British Columbia and the rest of Canada. VGH alongside University of British Columbia (UBC) has been at the forefront of SCAD research since 2011.

Funds raised through the SCAD 5K Fun Run will support Dr. Jacqueline Saw at VGH who is a world leader in SCAD research and the primary investigator for the Canadian SCAD Study. This study is working to better understand what causes SCAD, including investigating the disease’s natural history and identifying risk factors and developing better treatment strategies. This knowledge will be used to establish national and international guidelines on diagnosis, investigation and management of SCAD.

Dr. Saw currently has 1,000 patients participating in the Canadian SCAD Study and hopes to increase enrolment to 5,000 with proceeds from the inaugural SCAD 5K funding the expansion of the study.

Learn more about the Canadian SCAD Study here

Along with the Canadian SCAD Study, UBC is currently conducting several SCAD-related research projects including the Non-atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease (NACAD) Registry, the PRYME Registry, and the SAFER-SCAD Study. Learn more here