Q&A: Bridging the Knowledge Gap: A Nurse Scientist Gets to the Heart of SCAD: An interview With Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren

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In February, the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, Circulation, published “Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD): Current State of the Science,” clinical statements and guidelines written by a Mayo Clinic-led team of international experts. The team included Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, senior faculty member and associate dean at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, the only nurse co-author of the first AHA scientific statement published exclusively on SCAD. Though widely considered a rare condition, SCAD is the number-one cause of both myocardial infarction in women younger than 50 and pregnancy-associated myocardial infarction. Arslanian-Engoren contributed to this new expert consensus, which fills persistent knowledge gaps about the enigmatic condition and indicates SCAD may be more common than once believed.

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