Clinical Study

Ladies, it’s your turn !

Women have been neglected in heart disease research for far too long. We know very little about you!

Now is the time to take the bull by the horns!



We are looking for women between the ages of 45 and 80 who have had myocardial infarction as well as women who have never had one.


Part 1

This research will investigate risk factors through the completion of a 15-minute online questionnaire


Part 2

At the end of the survey, if you are interested, you will be invited to participate in a laboratory session that will study the cognitive and emotional impact by completing a 3-hour neuropsychological assessment at the University of Ottawa.


Part 1 - Online study

This research aims to better understand the impact of normal aging and of a myocardial infarction event in women on emotional and cognitive functions. In addition, this study will assess how aging and myocardial infarction influences emotional responses to stress exposure in women. In particular, this part of the study, through the completion of a questionnaire, will allow to identify different variables that might contribute or be associated to the development of a myocardial infarction condition.

  • Please click here to access the survey
  • If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Nicolas Narvaez, Principal investigator, at


Part 2 - Laboratory session

The purpose of this research is to comprehend what are the impacts of normal aging and to distinguish the impacts of a Myocardial Infarction event in women at the emotional and cognitive level. In addition, this study will allow us to assess the effects of aging, cognition and the emotional state felt following a stressful paradigm by Women with or without Myocardial Infarction condition.

  • In order to participate in the laboratory study you must complete the online questionnaire first.
  • If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Nicolas Narvaez, Principal investigator, at

Reminder for women participating in the lab session

To participate in this study, you must be a woman between the ages of 45 and 80 who have or have not been diagnosed with a Myocardial Infarction. If you have had a Myocardial Infarction, the diagnosis must have been made by a doctor.


Women with the following characteristics will not be able to participate in the study:
  • Have/have had a problem of substance abuse;
  • Have suffered from a neurological disorder;
  • Have been diagnosed with dementia;
  • Have suffered a psychiatric disorder;
  • You are not available between 9 am and 12 pm;
  • You are taking the contraceptive pill;
  • You are following a hormonal therapy;
  • If you still have menstrual periods, your menstrual cycle should be regular - that is between 21 and 35 days long;
  • Currently pregnant or breastfeeding;
After 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the experiment, you will not be able to:
  • Consume any alcohol and/or tobacco ;
  • Ingest food or drink caffeine;
  • Floss or brush your teeth; and
  • Engage in moderate or high intensity physical activity.
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