The goal of SCAD treatment is to make sure there's constant normal blood flow to the heart.
If you have heart attack symptoms, go to the ER right away.
You may need to stay in the hospital. This is so we can give you medicine to help ease your symptoms and observe you for complications of SCAD.
The blood clot will often heal without surgery or further invasive treatments.
After diagnosis, your doctor will decide the best SCAD treatment for you.
Medicine to treat SCAD
Your doctor may prescribe drugs to treat SCAD or control symptoms, such as:
- High blood pressure or high cholesterol medicine.
- Beta-blockers to reduce stress on the blood vessels in the heart.
- Aspirin or blood thinners.
- Nitrates or calcium channel blockers to relieve chest pain or other symptoms.
Stent placement to treat SCAD
Your doctor may want to place a stent if SCAD severely impedes blood flow or if drugs don't control your symptoms.
The stent is a small mesh tube that lets blood flow through the artery normally.
This treatment is much like a coronary angiogram that diagnoses SCAD. Your doctor inserts a catheter through an artery in your wrist or leg to place a stent in the coronary artery.
Coronary bypass surgery for SCAD
This surgery uses a blood vessel from another part of the body to divert blood away from the damaged vessel.
You may need this surgery if your doctor:
- This surgery uses a blood vessel from another part of the body to divert blood away from the damaged vessel.
- Can't treat the tear with medicine or a stent.
SCAD treatment recovery
After diagnosis and treatment, you may spend a few days in the hospital. This is to make sure the vessel tear doesn't get worse and cause complications.
You can expect a longer stay if you need a stent or bypass surgery.
Your doctor may prescribe cardiac rehab after you leave the hospital. This supervised exercise helps you feel safe and build strength to get back to your normal activity.
SCAD can happen again, particularly after childbirth or when entering menopause.
At Magee-Women's Heart Program, our experts work closely with specialized obstetricians to take care of you before, during, and after pregnancy.