Genetic Investigations in Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

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Study IDs

  • Site IRB:

    • Rochester, Minnesota: 11-000160
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About this study

The purpose of the research is to identify mutations (defects in the genetic blueprint) that cause spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), in other words, spontaneous tears in blood vessels that supply the heart.

Some mutations may be inherited (passed on) from a parent without an apparent blood vessel problem while others may develop for the first time in the affected person.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

See eligibility criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Men and women able to give informed consent and complete a 2 page questionnaire
  • Diagnosis of one or more episodes of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)
  • Biological parent of individual with SCAD

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Lack of confirmation of SCAD diagnosis

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Timothy Olson, M.D.

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Matthew Hoplin C.C.R.C.