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Warrenville walk to benefit rare heart condition research

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:06 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:41 a.m. CST

WARRENVILLE – Survivors of an unusual type of heart attack from the Chicago area and beyond will gather May 3 in Warrenville for a walk and 5k run to raise awareness for this little known condition.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection often occurs in healthy adults younger than 50 years old, who have no risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or arterial plaque.

Without warning, the dissection occurs when a split or separation suddenly develops between the layers of the wall of one of the arteries that provides blood flow to the heart, according to an event news release.

The space between the layers of the artery’s wall may fill with blood, which may reduce or block blood flow through the artery.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection may lead to a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest or other complications if not diagnosed and treated quickly, the release stated.

Little is known about spontaneous coronary artery dissection, and many people who suffer a heart attack because of it do not survive, according to the release.

The 5k SCADaddle for Research will raise money for Mayo Clinic to study these attacks.

The clinic is conducting two studies of spontaneous coronary artery dissection that seek to identify potential patterns among patients and possible genetic factors that play a role in the development of the condition, according to the release.

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If you go

What: 5K SCADaddle for Research When: Walk/run begins at 9 a.m. May 3 Where: St. James Farm, Butterfield and Winfield roads, Warrenville Register: www.scadresearch.org/solution/scad-research-walk

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