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NYU Women’s Heart Attack Research Program (NYU HARP)

Clinical Trials

NYU Women’s Heart Attack Research Program (NYU HARP)

Physician & Study Coordinator




  1. To find the causes of heart damage in people with open arteries using images of the heart arteries (called optical coherence tomography or OCT) and the heart itself (called magnetic resonance imaging or MRI). By “open arteries”, we mean arteries that are less than halfway blocked.
  2. To find out what blood markers can tell us about the reasons for heart events, and whether stress is related to heart events.


Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion / Exclusion Criteria

  • Acute ischemic symptoms compatible with diagnosis of MI, such as chest pain or anginal equivalent symptoms at rest or new onset exertional anginal equivalent symptoms
  • Age ≥ 21 years

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of known obstructive CAD at angiography, including history of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Recent use of vasospastic agents, such as cocaine, triptans, or ergot alkaloids (≤1 month)
  • Pregnancy