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Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) Program

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers compassionate, comprehensive care for patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). As one of the only specialized SCAD programs in the nation, we can give you an accurate diagnosis and a personalized care plan so you can get back to a normal life.

Conditions We Treat

  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection
  • Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)
  • Cervical artery dissection
  • Arterial aneurysm

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) Care Team

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD): Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is among the best heart programs in the nation and the top-ranked program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 adult hospital in Tennessee.
  • Unique expertise: Our specialists have the experience to treat complex arterial disorders. Esther Kim, MD, MPH, a nationally known SCAD expert, is the study chair for the International SCAD Registry (iSCAD) and the Scientific Advisory Board for SCAD Alliance. Vanderbilt also participates in the U.S. Registry for Fibromuscular Dysplasia.
  • A team approach: We work with interventional cardiologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons and migraine experts to customize the best treatment for you. We also partner with behavioral health experts who can treat anxiety, depression and other mental health issues that may develop after a SCAD event.
  • Leading research: Vanderbilt leads and participates in local and national research studies to help us better understand what causes SCAD and how to prevent it. In clinical trials, we can offer you access to the latest treatments before they are widely available.
  • SCAD-specific imaging: We created an imaging process specifically for SCAD to improve the accuracy of your diagnosis. Our team also offers full vascular ultrasound imaging.
  • Convenient follow-up: Our specialists work with your primary cardiologist for your follow-up care.

Tests, Treatments and Services

Treatment depends on each patient’s unique needs and may include:

  • Medication
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary bypass
  • Heart transplant
  • Cardiac rehabilitation


Vanderbilt Heart
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave. S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) Program, call (615) 343-9188.