Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Normal Reference Group Testing in Women


  • Microvascular coronary dysfunction

Study Name:

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Normal Reference Control Group Testing – Ancillary Study to Coronary Endothelial Function and Microvascular Disease in Women


The purpose of this study is to understand how to apply cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to women with small artery heart disease by looking at the CMRs of women without heart disease. Women with no known heart disease or heart disease risk factors will be recruited for the study.

Key Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women without signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia
  • No cardiac risk factors
  • Normal exercise stress test

Key Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contraindications to CMR testing (e.g., metal devices in chest)
  • Any renal disease
  • Pregnant and lactating women

Please see complete list of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Principal Investigator:

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD

Co-Investigators Include:

Daniel Berman, MD
Chrisandra Shufelt, MD
Janet Wei, MD

Study Coordinator and Contact:

Warren Youssefian
Phone: 310-248-6947



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