Dr. Karin Humphries receives a CIHR Spring 2018 Project Grant

While gender-based inequities affecting women’s heart health have been gaining attention (see the #TimeToSeeRed campaign from the Heart and Stroke Foundation) women may also face inequities based on their age. WHRI member Dr. Karin Humphries and her team have received a CIHR Spring 2018 Project Grant to address this healthcare gap with their project “hs cTn – Optimizing the Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction/Injury in Women (CODE-MI)”.

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When women under the age of 55 experience a heart attack, their risk of death is two times higher than their male counterparts. Dr. Humphries and team believe that this could be changed with a lower cut-point for the biomarker high sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn; a protein released when the heart is damaged during a heart attack) since women produce lower levels of the protein than men.

This lower cut-point will be introduced in 26 emergency departments across the country, with the intention of identifying more women with heart damage, and thus improving health outcomes and care.

The project grant will provide $1,656,226 over five years.