Cardiology 2024 Projects

Association between Race and Results/Outcomes of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

Dr. David Winchester


(352) 273-9076

Faculty Department/Division

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Research Project Description:
Research Project Description: Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI), also known as cardiac stress testing, is an important part of evaluating symptoms that may be due to cardiac ischemia. The degree to which race is associated with ordering MPI and managing MPI results is not well studied. This project will evaluate a sample of patients who underwent MPI at UF Health and compare the baseline characteristics, test results, and patient management stratified into African American and White Cohorts (other races comprise <10% of patients at UF Health in total) The student will assist in data gathering and entry with the expectation of presenting the research at a scientific meeting and participating in publishing a manuscript on the results. With access to internet and medical records, the student can work remotely.

Selected Readings:

  1. Mahtta et al. Impact of sex and race on underuse of cardiovascular stress testing in the outpatient setting. Coron Artery Dis. 2020 Mar;31(2):184-186.
  2. Napoli et al. Racial disparities in stress test utilization in an emergency department chest pain unit. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2013 Mar;12(1):9-13.
  3. Takakuwa et al. Preferences for cardiac tests and procedures may partially explain sex but not race disparities. Am J Emerg Med. 2008 Jun;26(5):545-50.Does this project have an international component or travel?